KDF blows up yacht seized with heroin worth Sh22m (Daily Nation (Kenya))

Kenya Defence Forces have blown up a yacht that was found trying to sneak in 7.6 kilogrammes of heroin worth Sh22 million off the Kenyan coast.

It was blown up in the high seas on Friday.

Interior Cabinet Secretary Joseph Nkaissery, Chief of Defence Forces General Samson Mwathethe, Inspector-General of Police Joseph Boinnet and Kenya Navy Commander Major-General Levi Mghalu witnessed the destruction.

The hard drugs on the yacht, called Baby Iris, were in transit to Swaziland, according to security sources in the ocean.

It took the Kenya Navy about four hours to destroy the luxurious yacht, which Mombasa County Commissioner Nelson Marwa linked to a Briton.

The heroine was found hidden in a tank but anti-narcotic officers from Kilifi were able to discover it.

Five suspects who were aboard the yacht were arrested and charged in a Mombasa court.

This is the second time a ship found ferrying drugs is being destroyed.

A year ago, President Uhuru Kenyatta supervised the blowing up of a ship laden with heroin valued at S.3 billion.

The MV Al Noor was destroyed 33 kilometres from the Mombasa port.