Suspected drug baron nabbed in Likoni

Police together with a sniffer dog outside a suspect's house in Likoni at a past crackdown .Police in Lamu have deployed sniffer dogs in villages notorious in narcotic peddling PHOTO: WELDON KEMBOI.

Mombasa, KENYA: Detectives in Likoni, Mombasa county have arrested a suspected drug baron in Vijini area.

Several police officers raided the suspect’s house, Juma Hamisi Mwakaya alias Gozo,71, Thursday dawn in search of cocaine.

At least 50 armed police officers with five sniffer dogs stormed his house in an operation which lasted for 5 hours.

The suspect according to police, is known to be a supplier of drugs and has been on police radar for several years.

The officers barricaded the road as others forced themselves into the suspects house despite the heavy downpour.

Likoni DCI henry ndombi and the area Ocpd Benjamin Rotich led the officers in the oparation.

“The operation took long, suspect’s house had several rooms,” an officer who took part in the operation told Baraka FM.

Likoni DCI Henry Ndombi confirmed the arrest saying they have enough evidence to link the suspect with drug trade.

The search and raid had been planned several weeks ago by three top security officials in the sub county.

“Junior officers had no information on the raid as they have been suspected to be tipping off the suspect whenever the raid is about to be staged,” an officer said.

“We have enough intelligence report the suspect had been engaging in the illegal drug trade”.said DCI Henry Ndombi.

His father’s home was also raided but police did not find any substance.

The suspect was whisked and locked at Likoni police station where he is being interrogated.

Meanwhile, police in the area are grilling a man over the recovery of bullets at his house.

The suspect identified as Moses Wanyama was arrested at his house in Mweza area after two bullets were found at his doorstep.