Kenya seizes arms and drugs from Norwegian vessel

Unspecified amount of drugs and arms seized from Norwegian vessel in Kenya after departing from India

Photo by: Hoegh Autoliners
Photo by: Hoegh Autoliners

Hoegh Transporter

Kenyan authorities have revealed they seized a Norwegian ship off the east African coast last week, in which they found weapons and drugs.

The incident took place last Thursday when Kenyan coastguards raided the Hoegh Transporter ship, which is owned by Norway's Hoegh Autoliners, after they became suspicious that the ship was carrying drugs and firearms.

"We cannot tell how many weapons have been recovered because the exercise is still ongoing and we don't want to jeopardize it by giving incomplete information," regional police commander Francis Wanjohi told Reuters on Tuesday.

"For the drugs they have to weighed to establish how much they are, and then tested to determine which exact type they are."

Although the type of drugs found have not been specified, Mombasa is a common destination for heroin from Pakistan and Iran to the east African region.

Almost 350 kilograms of heroin was discovered in a ship’s diesel tank in Mombasa in July, a stash worth around $158 million was found and seized by an Australian warship in the Indian Ocean last November.

In April 2014, over 1,000 kilograms of heroin was also seized by an Australian warship near Kenya.

According to a statement by Hoegh Autoliners, the ship has docked in Mombasa after setting sail from Mumbai, India, and its Chinese crew were cooperating with the investigation.

"We look forward to the speedy completion of the search so that our vessel can resume her sailing schedule," the company said.

TRTWorld and agencies