Police officers in Malindi have uncovered a possible new way of drug trafficking after interception a cargo vehicle ferrying drugs in Malindi.
According to KBC News, the Malindi police on Friday caught a courier rider transporting bhang from the office of a well-known courier company in Malindi Town.
Arrested transporter and owner
In the arrest, they recovered 550 rolls of cannabis Sativa. They also arrested the supposed owner of the bhang and the motorcycle carrier hired to ferry the cargo. The Boda Boda rider was to transport the drugs from the cargo office to a destination that the police had yet to establish.
Indeed, Malindi Sub-County Commander, John Kemboi, confirmed the incident in a press conference on Friday evening.
“On searching the large carton, we found 550 rolls of bhang that had an estimated street value of between Sh 110,000 and sh 130,000. This is as one roll of cannabis Sativa sells for between sh 200 and sh 250,” He said.
Drug traffickers using courier services to transport bhang https://t.co/77nrpBYvOS
— KBC Channel1 News (@KBCChannel1) April 24, 2021
New drug trafficking method
The police believe that this was seemingly a new method of transporting drugs by drug traffickers to beat strict checks on roads. Road checks in the country are now more stringent as police enforce lockdown in select counties. Often, courier vans and bikes are rarely checked.
Kemboi revealed that the police had acted on a tip-off. Hence, this is why they ambushed the courier rider. He warned drug traffickers in Malindi that they had developed intelligence to curb drug trafficking within and out of the county.
Intensified war on drugs
He said that police had intensified the war on drugs. Thus, it was why the county had seen a reduction of the vice in recent times.
Malindi, a popular tourist hub, is a notorious conduit for drug trafficking, including hard drugs like heroin, cocaine, and bhang.
The report was on the same day that the DCI raided a cannabis Sativa farm in Nakuru County. Nakuru Anti-Narcotics detectives raided the farm and arrested three suspects. The valuation of the drugs on the farm was at Ksh 15 million.
Following a tip-off received via the DCI #Fichua hot-line, detectives have this morning raided a gated 1/4 acre plot in London, Nakuru County and discovered a plantation of prohibited plants. The plant suspected to be cannabis sativa was fully grown and was only awaiting harvest, pic.twitter.com/kIHiYlfFdL
— DCI KENYA (@DCI_Kenya) April 23, 2021