Ksh.18 M worth of drugs confiscated at the coast by police

Drugs worth Sh18 million have been seized at the Coastal region in the continued fight against illegal trade continues.

For the last four days, police officers in Mombasa have so far arrested seven suspects linked to the drugs which include cocaine and heroin.

According to DN report, three high-end vehicles worth millions of shillings have been impounded, with a number of suspected drug dealers fleeing to Tanzania.

Among those aapprehended are Mr. Said Mohamed Abdallah, popularly known as Shuwaz, his girlfriend Hamdi Yusuf, and an Administration Police officer in Diani, Kwale County.

In a report by the local daily, Abdallah was arrested on Saturday (August 24) at Ms. Yusuf’s house with an unknown amount of drugs by officers from the anti-narcotics unit in Nairobi.

They are being held at Port Police Station in Mombasa. Ms. Yusuf is attached to the Administration Police Post at Shelly Beach in Likoni.

Punjani on the run

During a fundraiser for Lamu fire victims in Nairobi in September 2009, Mr. Ali Punjani was among those who came forth to give their contributions.

His Sh6 million contribution was double that of the then President Mwai Kibaki, who was leading the fundraiser. Police sources said investigations had linked Mr Punjani to the narcotics trade

Last month, a US court heard how Mr Punjani was involved in a long-running and bloody battle for the control of the drugs trade with the notorious Akasha clan. Also raided were the homes of Bofu ward representative Ahmed Salama, alias Bulldozer.

Mr Salama is a key ally of one coastal region vocal politician and he allegedly wields enormous influence in the Mombasa County Assembly.

He was arrested on August 19, following an operation targeting politicians and businessmen suspected to be behind the drugs trade. Some 18 people have been arrested so far.

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Lawrence Baraza is a prolific writer with competencies in Digital Media, Print, and Broadcast. Baraza is also a Communication Practitioner currently spearheading Digital content on Metropol TV's Digital Desk.

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