by Joy Nabukewa
MOMBASA (Xinhua) -- Kenyan police said
Wednesday they are holding two suspects who were arrested with
10 bags of bhang (marijuana) worth nine million shillings
(90,000 U.S. dollars).
The suspects were arrested in
Samburu area, along Nairobi-Mombasa highway with a private car
where they had hidden the consignment.
"They must realize we are now serious than ever and because
its difficult to recover the bhang while they arrive in Mombasa,
we will be arresting them on the highway," said Mombasa Director
of Criminal Investigations Officer Antony Mureithi.
Mureithi said the narcotics came from Tanzania-Kenya border
town of Migori and was headed to Mombasa for sale. The two
include Jared Omondi Omola, 26, and Caleb Otieno, 52, who are
still under investigation.
The suspects were arrested after they defied police orders to
stop their car which they later changed after being pursued by
He said that the bhang was destined for Likoni area and other
parts of the coastal region.
"We have tightened our probe, and we know we will get other
suspects in the entire network," Mureithi told journalists in
The bhang consignment is the biggest seizure of the narcotic
this year in Mombasa.
The arrests come in the wake of drugs crackdown ordered by
the government which has so far led to arrests of foreigners
involved in heroin and cocaine trafficking.
Last month, police nabbed 3kg of cocaine worth approximately
120,000 dollars and 2kg of heroin valued at 60,000 dollars and
arrested seven suspects among them a police officer.
Security agencies say the Kenya’s port city is largely used
by drug smuggling individuals as a destination and route to
other East African countries.