5 busted transporting 73Kgs of bhang on Moyale-Isiolo highway

By , K24 Digital
On Tue, 28 Jun, 2022 15:06 | < 1 min read
Police seize bhang in Samburu. PHOTO/DCI/Facebook
Police seize bhang in Samburu. PHOTO/DCI/Facebook

Five suspects have been arrested for allegedly trafficking narcotics on the Moyale-Isiolo Highway in Samburu County.

According to the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI), the suspects, who were travelling in a land cruiser vehicle, were arrested by a multi-agency team manning a checkpoint in Sabache area over the weekend.

"The driver of the vehicle, who was acting suspiciously was ordered to stop and alight, to facilitate a proper search," DCI said in a statement.

Upon a search conducted by a narcotic sniffer dog, DCI said, 41 stones of marijuana locally known as 'shashamane' that was tightly wrapped in a khaki paper and sealed with heavy layers of tape were recovered.

The stones that had been stashed in a concealed compartment under the rear seats of the vehicle weighed 73.6 kilograms.

Police believe the drugs with an estimated street value of Ksh2.5 million originated from a neighbouring country.

"Intelligence leads indicate that the traffickers procure the drug from associates in a neighbouring country," DCI said.

"Security has since been heightened along the busy highway after it was established that proceeds from the sale of the drugs was being used to fund criminal activities."

Public warned amid bhang legalisation calls

The DCI warned members of the public that despite the ongoing debate on whether bhang should be legalised it remains illegal.

"Kenyans are reminded that marijuana is a prohibited drug and being found in possession, trafficking or growing the plant attracts heavy penalties of up to 20 years behind bars," DCI added.

"Be advised accordingly and disregard any other misleading information."

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