5 suspects arrested with 17kgs of heroin and sh.18 M during crackdown

A file photo of cash and heroine drugs seized in Mombasa./FILE

Mombasa, KENYA: Anti-narcotics police in Mombasa have arrested five more suspects accused of drug trafficking and recovered sh.18 million cash and 17 kgs of heroine.

The suspects all Kenyan nationals, were arrested in Nyali area and Bamburi on Monday afternoon following a police crackdown targeting drug barons.

The sh. 18 million were in 1000 denominations and  sh. 30,000 coins.

Police also confiscated five high class vehicles belonging to the suspects and it is believed that they have been using them to conduct the illegal trade.

The suspects were identified as Swaleh Yusuf and his wife Asma Abdallah; the others are Kinyua Wendy Olinda a law student,Stephen Majira, Nabil Mohammed and Farida Mohammed said.

Coast region coordinator Nelson Marwa confirmed the arrest of the suspects terming it as a breakthrough in war on drugs in the coastal region.

“Since the president left,the operation had been continuing we had formed special operative team and here you can see the achievements,” said Marwa.

The heroin had been sealed and stashed in a large box with two padlocks.

The arrest comes barely a day after four foreigners were nabbed in Nyali area Mombasa and are believed to be part of a drug cartel network both locally and international.

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The coast region coordinator boss said the two suspects who are close allies to the Akasha’s ;have so far been deported to their country to face charges on drugs trade; he said the suspects were being sought by Interpol police.

He also warned politicians against politicizing the fight on drugs saying the war will not stop until all barons have been wiped out.

Marwa also challenged Suna East MP Junet Mohammed to come out and tell Kenyans what he knows about drug barons as he seems to be defending them.

Junet called Marwa a monkey during an interview on one of the local TV stations and said that Marwa had been targeting particular people in the war on drugs; frustrating Mombasa governor Hassan joho.

Marwa told reporters on Monday that he respects the legislator but asked him to come clear and tell Kenyans what he was hiding.

“I have never asked for food from your house! What an achievement,you continue chest thumping,your days are not yet! We are coming for you,”said  Marwa.

He said the police were now targeting the brokers in the illegal trade who are being used by the barons, adding that some had been travelling outside the country but in the real sense they were conducting the trade.