Kilifi gets anti-narcotic unit to deal with drug barons

Kilifi gets anti-narcotic unit to deal with drug barons

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Kilifi county security has formed a special anti-narcotic squad to combat drugs menace in the area. 

This comes barely a month after Presidents Uhuru Kenyatta ordered for crackdown against narcotic drugs across Coast region.

The development also follows claims that a number of senior security officers conspired with suspected drug dealers to foil the whole crackdown operation in Kilifi County.

Kilifi County police Commander Douglas Kanja revealed on Tuesday that the special unit which comprise crime detectives and officers from special crime prevention unit has already arrest 115 suspects. 

“We have much confidence in this special team. As you are aware, the war on drugs needs a well coordinated system to combat it. We have now adopted the intelligence led approach which has in a short time since its formation proved to be the most effective way to fight the drugs menace.” said Mr Kanja

“As of this moment, our main focus is in targeting the suppliers. We are determined more than ever to end this menace once and for all.” he added 

However, residents are not amused with new development and challenged the manner in which security agencies handle crackdowns.

Famau Mohamed Famau, a Malindi anti-drug campaigner said the security agencies have failed to secure the town from drug barons whom he alleged have turned youths into zombies. 

 “In fact we were very happy once President announced drugs crackdown and together we joined security agencies in efforts to smoke the drug dealers out of Malindi streets only to find them walking freely on the streets out on bond.” said Mr Famau. 

 “We arrested one of the most notorious drug traffickers in Malindi. She was arrested with a number of sachets for hard drugs and Sh300, 000 in cash but to my surprise the next day she was back on streets having been released on a bond.” said Mr Famau

The county police commandant could not deny or confirm the allegations.