Kenyan authorities have made another major marijuana bust in their renewed war against drug trafficking.
Police nabbed the marijuana with an estimated street value of Sh6 million in Kirimon area of Samburu County on Saturday.
The consignment which was packed in 113 bales was on transit to an unknown destination in two vehicles. It was reportedly being transported from Ethiopia through Moyale in Marsabit County and Kirimon in Samburu County.
Just like the February recovery of 1,140 kgs of marijuana in Kahawa Sukari, police in Samburu acted on a tip-off from members of the public.
According to police, one of the vehicles being used to transport the marijuana developed a mechanical problem, forcing traffickers to seek help from a nearby home at Kirimon area on Friday evening.
“They(suspects) told the man that, ‘this vehicle has developed a mechanical problem, let it remain here we will come for it tomorrow morning.’ They were offloading some things from the vehicle and when asked what was being transported, the suspects lied to him that it was medicine to cure cancer disease but he doubted and reported them to police officers at Kirimon Police Patrol base,” said Samburu County Police Commander Karanja Muiruri.
The officers visited the man’s home and confirmed his report before laying an ambush for the suspects.
“Saturday morning, they laid an ambush and owner of those vehicles came back in another Prado and they were arrested,” he said.
“We have three suspects including a woman in the police station, officers from the DCI are steering investigations as it seems there is a big chain of people in this illicit business,” Mr Muiruri told journalists outside Maralal Police Station.
The suspects are set to be arraigned today, May 13.
The drug bust came just a day after police in Kasarani intercepted marijuana worth an estimated Sh8million.
Kasarani OCPD Peter Kimani said the Cannabis was being transported in a petroleum tanker and was concealed in 50kg packs.
Preliminary investigations showed that the marijuana originated from Moyale and was to be distributed in Kasarani, Juja, Githurai and parts of Nairobi. Two suspects were arrested.