The Star (Nairobi)

Kenya: Anyanga Asks Cops to Fight Migori Drug Trade

NYATIKE MP Edick Anyanga has called on the police to intensify security patrols in Migori county to counter drug trafficking. He said the drug traffickers use the Migori-Isibania border point to smuggle drugs into the country.

Anyanga said is is shocking that bhang worth Sh50 million was impounded by police in a local farm last week. He said police should conduct more raids in farms and plantations in the fight against drug peddling.

Anyanga said the government should equip the police to fight drug business in the county. "Bhang trade in the county is done by a selected group who have been colluding with some police officers to carry out the business," he said.

Anyanga was speaking yesterday during a tour of Nyatike constituency. He said police lack vehicles and boats to patrol Lake Victoria in the fight againts drug. s. "Investigations should be carried out to ascertain the people behind the trade. They have been using illegal routes to smuggle drugs from neighbring countries," Anyanga said.

During last week's raid it took a team of 62 officers drawn from the Regular Police, Administrative Police and Criminal investigation Department to cut out the drugs from several farms.

Migori County Police Commandant Clement Gatogo who led the operation said the raid was carried out after the police got a tip off from members of the public on the existence of the farms along the shores of River Kuja. Six suspects have been arrested following the incident.

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