KQ employee arrested over 6.2kg cocaine
A Kenya Airways employee was on Friday evening detained at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport shortly after returning from France, where he had been arrested for trafficking in cocaine.
Eric Opanga, an in-flight crew member, was escorted to the Anti-Narcotics Unit office and questioned at length. He is reported to have been aboard KQ flight 112, which arrived at the Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport on Friday at 7.45am, when he was picked up by French Customs officials and found with 6.19kg of cocaine.
The Anti-Narcotics Unit officials and their National Intelligence Service counterparts, who picked up Opanga from the apron, told KQ security the matter was being handled as a state-to-state issue before whisking Opanga away.
An official of the Kenyan embassy in France identified as Jacinta Wagereka was among the people alerted about Opanga’s arrest and offered him consular assistance.
He was then arraigned at Bobigny court in Paris. It is suspected that Opanga mentioned his highly placed drug handlers to the French authorities before he was released to return home on a KQ flight, but as a self-paying commercial passenger.
Opanga, who is reported to have recently bought a sleek Mercedes Benz car, has worked for the airline for more than 10 years with no disciplinary issues.
A Kenya Airways plane lands at the Jomo Kenyatta International Aiport in Nairobi