Cocaine worth over sh3 million seized in Lamu

Suspected cocaine nabbed in Lamu./COURTESY

Police have seized 928 grams of suspected cocaine in Lamu County.

Following an Anti-Narcotic Unit intelligence-led operation in Lamu Central, the Directorate of Criminal Investigations nabbed the suspected cocaine estimated at over sh.3.7 million.

The operation follows the heightened war against the sale, distribution, and consumption of illicit drugs around the country.

“During the raids, several houses suspected to be illicit drugs hubs were targeted. One of the targeted houses belonged to Muuna Omar Bori, where a weighing machine and 5 pellets weighing approximately 85 grams were recovered,” said the DCI.

Seven suspects were arrested following the operation on suspicion of involvement in drug trafficking.

“Mote Shamuni’s house, a clear polythene bag with cocaine weighing approximately 164 grams was seized. At Shamuni Mwalimu Shamuni’s residence, another polythene bag about 354g of the crack was also recovered. Another raid at Fatma Mote Yusuf’s house led to the discovery of cocaine, weighing approximately 325 grams,” added the DCI.

The arrested individuals include Nuura Omar Bori aged 34, Mote Mwalimu Shamuni aged 41, Shamuni Mwalimu Shamuni aged 41, Omar Mohamed Omar age 23, Mohamed Abdallah age 35, Fami Abdulrahman Mohamed age 42 and Fatma Mote Yusuf aged 40. All the suspects are in lawful custody pending arraignment.

Meanwhile, police have also recovered suspected Cocaine and heroin estimated at sh3.7 million in street value in another operation conducted in parts of Mombasa and Kilifi Counties.

In a swoop conducted in the wee hours of May 7, 2024, by a combined team of Anti-narcotic Unit (ANU) and Transnational Organized Crime Unit (TOCU) detectives, 50 grams of cocaine and 1.15kgs of heroin were recovered.

A suspect, Hussein Mansur Salim was apprehended in Kisauni, Mwandoni with approximately 50 grams of cocaine valued at sh.250,000.

In Kisauni’s Stage ya Paka, a second suspect, Ali Swale, was also arrested with approximately 1kg of heroin, with a street value of Sh3,000,000.

The third suspect, Harrison Mwenda Kiambi was netted in Mtwapa Maweni with 150 grams of heroin valued at sh.450,000.

“This swift action emphasizes the government’s unwavering dedication to combating the spread of illicit drugs within the region, prioritizing public safety and law enforcement,” said the DCI.