In a dramatic incident at Mumbai Airport, a 40-year-old Kenyan woman was apprehended by the Air Intelligence Unit (AIU) for attempting to smuggle gold worth a staggering Ksh29 million.
The woman, whose identity has not been disclosed, was caught with a cache of concealed gold bars ingeniously hidden in her innerwear.
The arrest unfolded when the woman was flagged for profiling as she was heading out of the airport. AIU officers conducted a thorough search, uncovering a shocking 17 pieces of 22-carat gold melted bars concealed within her innerwear.
A subsequent search revealed additional hidden treasures, in the form of jewelry made from 21-carat gold, further concealed within her body.
The Kenyan woman, believed to be a resident of Captain Mungai Street in Nairobi, was immediately taken into custody and placed under 14-day judicial custody.
Surprisingly, she was holding a valid passport issued by the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, which was set to expire in 2032.
According to Indian authorities, the woman had departed from Nairobi on September 30, raising suspicions that she might be part of a larger smuggling network.
AIU officers have expressed concerns that she might have been involved in multiple smuggling cases, implicating her in a series of illegal activities.
This incident sheds light on the escalating issue of smuggling cases originating from Kenya. The prevalence of contraband, including drugs, being smuggled through Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA), has alarmed both Kenyan and Indian authorities. In a worrying revelation, it was reported that over Ksh1.2 billion worth of contraband had been seized in 2023, destined for the lucrative Indian black market.