The Star (Nairobi)

Kenya: Bhang Garden Uprooted in Embu Town

More than 500 bhang plants were yesterday uprooted by chiefs and AP officers in Embu town. The plants were planted in a house's backyard garden.

The plant was uprooted by the Embu Municipality chief Titus Mugambi, his Kangaru counterpart Moses Munyi and AP officers led by Sergeant J. Kinyua.

The owner of the house in Grogon Estate near the popular Prime Hotel evaded arrest. Following the discovery of the plant, Acting DC Daniel Obudo has raised concern over the increase of growing the illegal plant in Embu town.

He said recently Sh2 million haul of bhang on transit was impounded in Embu town. Obudo said the driver of the vehicle that was carrying the bhang escaped arrest, but the bhang was burnt following a court order.

The DC said recently two men who are confessed Rastafarians were jailed for 10 years after they owned up to growing bhang at Makengi area.

He further lamented that a pedestrian was also recently knocked dead by a reversing public service vehicle trafficking bhang while hidden in miraa.

The DC said his office and the police have become quite alert over the crime and that they are stamping it out by working with the residents. He said the chief received a tip off from members of the public before they proceeded to the area and found the cultivation.

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