KQ em­ployee ar­rested over 6.2kg co­caine

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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.

/ FILE

A Kenya Air­ways plane lands at the Jomo Keny­atta In­ter­na­tional Ai­port in Nairobi

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