196kgs of heroine netted in Kenya

March 25, 2011 12:00 am

, NAIROBI, Kenya, Mar 25 – Police have impounded 196 kilograms of heroine worth Sh500 million in Mombasa.

The consignment was seized during a raid at an apartment in Shanzu where six suspects were also arrested.

“Our officers have also arrested six suspects who were found with the drugs,” Coast Provincial Police chief Aggrey Adoli said on telephone from his Mombasa office. Two saloon cars belonging to the suspects were also impounded.

He said the drugs were sealed in sachets and packed in two gunny bags which were labelled as dog food.

Mr Adoli said detectives who raided the apartment found two pistols and 59 rounds of ammunition from the suspects who were being interrogated by the police.

“We are interrogating them to get more information on the movement of the consignment,” he said.

Mr Adoli said the drugs would be airlifted to Nairobi for further tests by the Government Chemist.

A senior officer attached to the Anti Narcotic Unit told Capital News that the drugs were expected at the Wilson Airport in Nairobi at about noon.

Police said Friday morning’s seizure and arrest of the of the suspects is the largest in the country since 2004 when authorities netted some Sh6.4 billion worth of cocaine in Mombasa and Nairobi.

Some suspects were arrested and charged over the Sh6.4 billion cocaine which was later incinerated.

The seizure comes a day after Police Commissioner Mathew Iteere announced that his officers and a team assisting them from the Drug Enforcement Department from America were zeroing in on prime suspects of drug trafficking in the country.

He told a parliamentary committee on National Security and Administration that they were also investigating a series of tax evasion syndicates by people believed to be dealing in drugs.

Last month, Internal Security Minister Professor George Saitoti tabled a police report in Parliament which exonerated all the four MP’s he had said were being investigated over allegations of drug trafficking.

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