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Drug traffickers using bhang-shipping services – KBC

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Police officers in Malindi town on Friday seized a consignment of bhang while it was being transported from the office of a well-known transportation company in the tourist resort capital.

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They arrested the alleged owner of 550 rows of cannabis sativa and a motorcyclist who had been hired to transport the consignment from the offices of the shipping company to a destination that has not yet been established.

It is believed that the consignment was sealed from one of the company’s offices and shipped to Malindi as a standard consignment.

This is probably the new mode of transport passed by drug dealers to crack down on roadblocks set up to control the movement to and from the locker counties of Nairobi, Kiambu, Kajiado, Machakos and Nakuru. Courier vans rarely pass such checks.

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Malindi Sub-County Commander John Kemboi, who told reporters Friday evening, said the hard drug was seized along Lamu Road, but did not mention the fact that it was being transported from courier company offices.

Junior officers who did not want to be identified however told reporters that the marijuana was banned immediately after it was taken from the mail company.

Kemboi said the officers, who were handling intelligence reports, arrested the motorcyclist and the alleged owner while they were transporting a large carton containing drugs.

Speaking at the Office of the Directorate of Criminal Investigation (DCI) Sub-County, Mr Kemboi said when the officers opened the carton, they found a total of 550 sativa sativa doors with an average street value of around Sh120,000.

“During the opening and searching of a large carton, the officers found 550 bhang doors with an average street value of between Sh110,000 and Sh130,000 considering that one roll of cannabis sativa goes between Sh200 and Sh250,” he said.

Kemboi, who was on the sidelines of the Malindi Sub-County Criminal Investigation Officer, Mr Charles Kamau, said police were still investigating to determine the source and destination of the consignment.

He warned drug addicts in the sub-county that their days were numbered “because we have invested in intelligence to stop drug trafficking in and out of the sub-county.

Mr Kemboi, who was close to the Small County Criminal Investigation Officer, Mr Charles Kamau, said police officers had intensified the fight against drug trafficking and addiction, noting that there had been significant reductions in the vice president’s recent work. .

He told those in the business to stop the practice as they were destroying the lives of young men and women in the area.

Malindi has been known for several years for the drug trade, and hard drugs such as heroin and cocaine and bhang are the most widely traded.

With a view to reducing the effects of the drug on young people in Malindi, the government introduced a method of drug withdrawal using methadone as a drug, but drug addicts claim the method is being abused and therefore does not achieve the intended results.

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