16 February 2013

Kenya: Police Sieze Sh40 Million Drugs in City Estate

Three suspected drug dealers were on Thursday night arrested by an elite police unit in Nairobi's Runda estate and 14 kilogrammes of narcotics drugs worth an estimated Sh50 million recovered from them.

The suspects, one woman only identified as Monica and two foreigners of West African origin were arrested in a palatial house along Runda estate's Pan African Insurance Lane shortly after 11pm and whisked away to Muthaiga police station where they are being held as they await being arraigned in court.

Officer from the Special Crime Prevention Unit scaled the ten foot wall with an electric fence and razor wire before storming into the house in which the suspects were.

The officers ransacked all the rooms and arrested the suspects who had just arrived from Tanzania. They discovered 14 sachets of drugs weighing approximately one kilogram each hidden in a false bottom of a Suzuki Vitara vehicle.

According to the Special Crime Prevention Unit boss, Said Kiprotich, his team of detectives acted on a tip off that suspected drug dealers had entered the country.

"During an operation conducted by detectives at a residence along Pan African Insurance lane in Runda estate, we recovered a stash of suspected narcotic drugs in a false bottom on the floorboard of a Suzuki Vitara car. Three suspects, a Kenyan woman, a Guinean and a national of Ivory Coast were arrested and are scheduled to appear in court as soon as the drugs are tested and weighed," Kiprotich said.

He said that the drugs were to be repackaged in Kenya and destined for Europe particularly Britain where they would fetch high prices.Initial reports indicate that the Kenyan woman had flown to Tanzania to meet three other suspects with whom she shared a consignment of over 100 kgs of the narcotics before flying back to Kenya on Thursday afternoon.

Her accomplices traveled by road from Tanzania though Namanga border post and drove to the Runda residence where they were tracked and arrested. The woman was tracked by police officers from Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) to the Runda house where they also found the other suspects.

Yesterday morning, the seized drugs were weighed and tested by officials from the Government Chemist at the the Criminal Investigations Department headquarters in the presence of the suspects and confirmed to be heroin. Detectives said one packet suspected to be cocaine would need more analysis.

The Anti Narcotics Unit boss Hamisi Masa yesterday said that the drugs had been confirmed had been tested and confirmed to be narcotics but more analysis would be done to determine the quality.

The woman suspect is married to a Nigerian national who was expelled from Kenya some time back because of his alleged involvement in drug trafficking.

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