$1M worth of gold bars seized from man trying to board flight in Kenya

PHOTO: Gold bars are pictured in this undated stock photo.STOCK PHOTO/Getty Images
Gold bars are pictured in this undated stock photo.

A man was arrested in Kenya's capital city carrying about $1 million worth of gold as he tried to board a plane to Dubai, according to Kenyan authorities.

The 46-year-old Tanzanian man was found with more than 32 kilograms of gold bars, without permits, when he was stopped by customs officers at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi on Friday, the Kenya Revenue Authority said in a statement today.

PHOTO: A Kenya Airways (KQ) Boeing Dreamliner plane prepares to take off from Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) in Nairobi, Kenya to South Africa, in this Jan. 22, 2017 file photo. Daniel Irungu/EPA via REX/Shutterstock, FILE
A Kenya Airways (KQ) Boeing Dreamliner plane prepares to take off from Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) in Nairobi, Kenya to South Africa, in this Jan. 22, 2017 file photo.

The man had arrived in Nairobi Friday afternoon on board a Precision Air flight from Mwanza via Kilimanjaro, Tanzania. From there, he was scheduled to take a Kenya Airways flight to Dubai, the largest and most populous city in the United Arab Emirates.

Authorities arrested him after receiving an "intelligence alert," confiscated the gold bars and launched an investigation, according to the Kenya Revenue Authority.

PHOTO: Gold bars are pictured in this undated stock photo.STOCK PHOTO/Getty Images
Gold bars are pictured in this undated stock photo.

Precious metals and stones are found, and mined, in several regions in Africa.

In an effort to protect the resources and lucrative mining industries in Africa's Great Lakes region, an alliance of six countries called The East African Community restricts the transportation of unfinished precious metals and stones across borders. Import permits or other government certificates must be obtained to clear customs with the materials.

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