Kenyan police on Tuesday (July 15th) recovered 342 kilogrammes of heroin from the un-flagged merchant ship MV Bushehr Amin Darya, alias MV Al Noor, after it was seized off the coast of Lamu two weeks ago, Kenya's Daily Nation reported.
"So far we have been able to recover 342.67 kilogrammes of heroin. We got 341.7 kilogrammes from the diesel tank reservoir in addition to the 974 grams we earlier seized," said Khamis Massa, head of the anti-narcotics unit in Mombasa.
The drugs were estimated to have a street value of more than 1 billion shillings ($11.4 million).
Police believe those transporting the drugs concealed them by mixing them with diesel, Massa said. Tests have also revealed trace quantities of heroin in water drums found on the ship, and the search of the vessel will continue.
A Kenya court granted the police 14 days to conduct investigations into the nine crew members who were found on the ship. One crew member reportedly died Monday under unknown circumstances. The others remain in police custody.