MOMBASA (Xinhua) --
Kenyan police said Friday they have arrested 12 key drug barons
during a major security operation conducted in the coastal city of
Head of Anti Narcotic Police Unit Hamis Massa said
four foreigners were among those arrested and haul of drugs seized
in joint raid by the detectives.
The four suspects, including three Italians and a Mauritian are
likely to deport from the country on Friday.
Sample of heroin and cocaine nabbed during the operation were
sent to the government chemist for further analysis
Massa said wanted drug baron identified as Stephen Bosire is
among the eight Kenyans arrested in the operation.
He allegedly supplies large amounts of narcotics from
neighbouring countries, namely Seychelles and Tanzania.
"We are holding the 12 suspects who are assisting us in the
investigation before they are arraigned in court to face charges of
"Our officers are also inspecting some of the drugs seized during
the operation," said Massa.
The suspects are believed to be local and international drug
lords. On Feb. 17, Bosire’s accomplice Musa Kibiringe was arrested
after he presented himself to the Directorate of Criminal
Investigation (CID) offices in Mombasa.
The arrest came days after anti-narcotics detectives nabbed five
most wanted drug barons in Mombasa amid a government operation to
Swaleh Yusuf Ahmed was apprehended alongside his wife Asmah
Abdallah, and other accomplices: Rashid Athman, Athman Salim and
All the suspects were scheduled to be charged in court on Friday.
Kenya has lately sustained a crackdown on drug trafficking
activities since the January extradition of the notorious Akasha
brothers- Baktash and Ibrahim -to the U.S. where they are facing
charges alongside Vicky Goswami (Indian) and Hussein Gulam
President Uhuru Kenyatta has directed an immediate crackdown on
drugs, dealers and their dens at the Coast.