$1 Million in Gold Seized from Kenya Airways Passenger
This post contains references to products from one or more of our advertisers. We may receive compensation when you click on links to those products. Terms apply to the offers listed on this page. For an explanation of our Advertising Policy, visit this page.
A Tanzanian man was arrested at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport Friday after authorities received a tip that he was carrying $1 million worth of gold as he was preparing to board a Kenya Airways flight to Dubai.
Earlier Friday, the 46-year-old man had flown into Nairobi from Mwanza via Kilimanjaro, Tanzania, when officials found 32 kilograms — more than 70 pounds — of gold in the man’s possession, according to the Kenya Revenue Authority.
As part of an effort to protect the resources and mining industries of Africa’s Great Lakes region, which includes both Tanzania and Kenya, transporting unfinished precious metals and stones across borders is restricted by The East African Community, an intergovernmental organization of six African nations. The man who was arrested did not have any permits or government certificates, which are required in Kenya to clear customs with precious materials.
Kenya Airways has a weight limit for baggage on international flights at 50 pounds per bag for passengers in economy and 70 pounds per bag for passengers in business class. It’s unclear which cabin the Tanzanian man was flying in. Regardless, the total weight exceeded either cabins’ requirements.
News of this gold seizure comes on the heels of an arrest made last week, February 12, when an alleged Kenya Airways crew member was arrested in Mumbai after he was caught smuggling 23 kilograms of gold bricks into India. A Kenyan man was also arrested with him — authorities believe he was there to collect the gold bricks. The two were arrested at a five-star hotel near the airport.
Precious metals and stones are found and mined in several regions in Africa. The East African Community is made up of six African countries — the Republics of Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, South Sudan, Tanzania and Uganda — where there’s a need to protect their countries’ natural resources.
H/T: Good Morning America
Welcome to The Points Guy!
WELCOME OFFER: 80,000 Points
TPG'S BONUS VALUATION*: $1,650
CARD HIGHLIGHTS: 2X points on all travel and dining, points transferrable to over a dozen travel partners
*Bonus value is an estimated value calculated by TPG and not the card issuer. View our latest valuations here.
- Earn 80,000 bonus points after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening. That's $1,000 when you redeem through Chase Ultimate Rewards®. Plus earn up to $50 in statement credits towards grocery store purchases within your first year of account opening.
- Earn 2X points on dining including eligible delivery services, takeout and dining out and travel. Plus, earn 1 point per dollar spent on all other purchases.
- Get 25% more value when you redeem for airfare, hotels, car rentals and cruises through Chase Ultimate Rewards®. For example, 80,000 points are worth $1,000 toward travel.
- With Pay Yourself Back℠, your points are worth 25% more during the current offer when you redeem them for statement credits against existing purchases in select, rotating categories.
- Get unlimited deliveries with a $0 delivery fee and reduced service fees on eligible orders over $12 for a minimum of one year with DashPass, DoorDash's subscription service. Activate by 12/31/21.
- Count on Trip Cancellation/Interruption Insurance, Auto Rental Collision Damage Waiver, Lost Luggage Insurance and more.
- Get up to $60 back on an eligible Peloton Digital or All-Access Membership through 12/31/2021, and get full access to their workout library through the Peloton app, including cardio, running, strength, yoga, and more. Take classes using a phone, tablet, or TV. No fitness equipment is required.