MOMBASA (Xinhua) --
Kenya’s security agents have arrested over 200 suspected drug
traffickers and seized drugs haul worth million of shillings in
the coastal city of Mombasa.
The security operation is
part of the drugs, crime and terror crackdown ordered in the
tourist resort region by President Uhuru Kenyatta last week.
Mombasa County Commissioner Nelson Marwa told Xinhua in
Mombasa that a special unit has been established to pursue drug
lords behind the smuggling of narcotics.
Marwa said the security apparatus have mapped out notorious
drug dens and they will be shut down soon.
"We have laid down strategy to deal with the drug menace and
soon the drug dealers will be arrested and prosecuted," he said.
The coastal city of Mombasa has been cited in many security
reports as a transit point for drugs headed to Asia and Europe.
Some of the drug lords have turned the Coast region into a
drug haven, with thousands of young people addicted to heroin
Anti-narcotics police officers say most of the drug
traffickers had also been avoiding airports for roads, which are
poorly manned to traffic the drugs.
A source within security agents indicates that the government
has so far been handed over a new list drug baron operating in
the country who include prominent businessmen and politicians.
Head of Anti narcotic Unit in the Country Hamis Massa told
Xinhua in Mombasa that they are working with foreign countries
in the war on drugs.
"We have been sharing classified information with other
security agents including the U.S. Drug Enforcement
Administration that have successful led to seizure of drugs at
sea," Massa said.
He said security unit comprising different interagency
national intelligence service and CID are probing the
individuals behind the drug trade.
President Kenyatta has vowed to deal with the drug kingpins
who continue to use the Mombasa port as transit point for drug
"I shall not allow this country to be a trafficking hub nor
shall I watch as our youth and future get destroyed.
destroy any vessel on land, sea or air that is ferrying drugs or
related substances," said Kenyatta.
Kenyatta appealed to all leaders to be part of war on drug
"The participation of each and every one of us will go a long
way to secure our youths," he added.
The government has destroyed drugs and sunken vessels
intercepted trafficking drugs in the county.
Most of the
narcotics that are seized are cocaine and heroin.
Statistics from the police show authorities at the airport
seized drugs valued more than 16.4 million dollars last year
Most of those arrested were passengers who were on
According to latest police statistics, some 1,359 cases of
drug trafficking were detected in Kenya in 2014 and 1,513