In Summary
  • Foreigners are among suspects who have been arrested with the highly valued heroin.
  • A police report shows that 52 people were apprehended in Mombasa between April 2018 and April 2019.
  • The drug traffickers who are using the sea to make their entrance into the country.

Mombasa has remained a hotbed of drug trafficking, with more than 50 people having been arrested with heroin worth millions of shillings in the last one year.

Foreigners are among suspects who have been arrested with the highly valued drug that has turned thousands of young people in the Coast region into zombies.

Among the foreigners are six Tanzanian nationals who were arrested with the drug on diverse dates.

A police report obtained by the Nation indicates that 52 people were apprehended in Mombasa between April 2018 and April 2019.

HEROIN

In that period, the biggest seizure that police made was in April 2018 where three Tanzanians were arrested with 10 kilogrammes of heroin worth Sh30 million.

The latest arrest in April 2019 was that of five people who had 2.5 kilogrammes of heroin worth Sh5 million.

In March this year 1.5 kilogrammes of the deadly drug valued at Sh3million was seized from a trader who does logistic businesses in East Africa.

Another seizure during the recorded period is that of 1,012 sachets of heroin from different suspects. On average, one sachet weighs 500 grams.

Mombasa Police Commander Johnston Ipara said the over 50 arrested during the period were drugs distributors.

PROXIMITY TO SEA

He said the county is still attractive to the drug traffickers who are using the sea to make their entrance into the country.

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