A 33-year-old Kenyan man was on Tuesday night arrested in Mombasa after he was found carrying a 2.3-meter-long snake.
The man identified as Karissa Iha had tucked the 10-kilogram live python in a black suitcase and was waiting to cross the Likoni Ferry Channel when he was intercepted.
“The suspect was passing the island screening area through the X-Ray (detector) when he was intercepted,” said a police report filed at Likoni Ferry Police Station.
It was not immediately established where the man was taking the deadly snake and for what purpose. Python is widely used for witchery purposes and its skin is also considered a trophy with 2014 estimates valuing the python skin black market at $1 billion.
The suspect will be arraigned in court to face charges of being in possession of a wildlife species without a permit contrary to the Wildlife Conservation and Management Act (2013).