Kenyan Ingests Ksh5M Cocaine at Thai Airport

  • The suspected drug traffickers Glenn Chibasellow Ooko (r) and Osita Joseph Ukpa Twitter
  • A 43-year-old Kenyan man who had swallowed 68 capsules of cocaine, was apprehended at the Suvarnabhumi airport in Thailand, on Monday.

    The drug trafficking suspect was identified as Glenn Chibasellow Ooko, following details obtained from his Kenyan passport.

    "He swallowed cocaine weighing 1.2 kilograms, which were in 68 packets," the Office of the Narcotics Control Board (ONCB) chief Niyom Termsrisuk, announced.

    This handout from Thailand's Office of the Narcotics Control Board shows capsules of cocaine found in the possession of Kenyan national Glenn Chibasellow Ooko at Suvarnabhumi airport in Bangkok
    Images showing capsules of cocaine found in the possession of Kenyan national Glenn Chibasellow Ooko at Suvarnabhumi airport in Bangkok

    Thai Airport Interdiction Task Force officers stated Ooko had flown, on Monday, from Ethiopia to the Thai capital's international airport.

    The report released by Thai authorities, on Wednesday, revealed that the suspect ingested 68 polythene sachets of cocaine, in a bid to smuggle the illegal drug out of the country, right under their noses.

    However, he seemingly overlooked the elaborate security measures that were installed, and in full effect at the airport.

    His uncanny method of concealment was uncovered when he stepped through an x-ray machine, which showed dozens of odd-shaped items, lining up his stomach.

    Ooko was duly detained at one of the security stations at the airport, where he was forced to gag out the bags containing the alien contents, weighing in at 1.2 kilograms, pictured inside his gut.

    The ONCB of Thailand, upon closer inspection of the substance, confirmed that it was in fact cocaine, with an estimated street value of Ksh5 million.

    Reports by the Daily Nation further revealed that Ooko was arrested alongside a Nigerian national, Osita Joseph Ukpa, who police said had hired the Kenyan to smuggle the drugs.

    Thailand is known to serve as a transit point for a multi-billion methamphetamine trade route, smuggled through Myanmar and Laos before moving on to countries like Australia and Japan., as per details from his Kenyan passport.

    Image showing capsules of cocaine found in the possession of Kenyan national Glenn Chibasellow Ooko at Suvarnabhumi airport in Bangkok
    Image showing capsules of cocaine found in the possession of Kenyan national Glenn Chibasellow Ooko at Suvarnabhumi airport in Bangkok