A record heroin haul in Kenya, of 341.7 kg, has been found on board the detained in Mombasa MV Bushehr Amin Darya (Al Noor, MMSI 422341000). As VesselFinder reported two weeks ago, the vessel was intercepted on July 2 on suspicion of illegal cargo transportation.
The heroin was discovered in the diesel tank of the vessel and it is the biggest single seizure by the Kenyan authorities. MV Bushehr Amin Darya was detained after intelligence reports. The initial inspection of the vessel showed suspicious documentation and the authorities started unloading the cargo in cooperation with the Nairobi anti-narcotics team. The anti-narcotics police chief, Hamisi Masha, confirmed the arrest of nine suspected crew members. MV Bushehr Amin Darya had 10 crew on board, one died on board (dead cause is yet to be defined).
“We recovered some 900 grams of heroin when we searched the ship last week and this gave us the indication there could be more, so we searched further and today we have recovered a further 341.7 kg,” he said yesterday.
The Kenyan police works with counterparts in Iran, India and Pakistan. The owner of the ship is being sought. The departure port of MV Bushehr Amin Darya is yet to be defined.