There was shock and disbelief after 2 General Service Unit (GSU) officers were caught transporting 600kg of bhang worth Sh15 million using a government vehicle in Isiolo county on Sunday, May 24.
The officers, constable Patrick Kinyua and sergeant Shariff Mohammed were nabbed by a multi-agency team while transporting the 600 kg bhang from Moyale.
The team, which was acting on a tip-off, seized the narcotics, which were wrapped in polythene bags and packed in sacks in the government Toyota pick-up vehicle.
The two officers, who were armed at the time of arrest, are both attached to Mariara police station in Meru County.
Confirming the incidence, Isiolo County Commissioner Herman Shambi said the security team also arrested three civilians in a Toyota Prado, which is believed to have been trailing the government vehicle and recovered more bhang from their vehicle.
The three civilians were identified as Mohamed Adam Dida, aka Samaki, Barack Abdullahi, and Mohamed Abdirahman.
The Commissioner also noted that one suspect escaped arrest during the ambush, and the police are looking for him.
Mr. Shambi said that the three civilians were among the area residents wanted by the police for drug trafficking.
According to Shambi, a source tipped the police that the Prado allegedly transports the bhang, and the suspects later load it to the police vehicle.
The 5 suspects have since been detained and will be arraigned in court on Tuesday next week.
The County boss cautioned police officers against tarnishing the government image by engaging in illegal affairs saying their days are numbered, and once they are caught, they will face the law.
He added that no one will be spared regardless of their status and said that the 2 officers would serve as a lesson to the others.
Shambi said that police in the area are notorious for facilitating drug trafficking.
Late last year, 2 other police officers were arrested transporting 20 kg of bhang at Lerata along the Isiolo-Moyale Highway also using a government vehicle.