by Joy Nabukewa
MOMBASA (Xinhua) -- Kenyan
anti-narcotics police seized three kilograms of cocaine worth
11.9 million Kenyan shillings (110,000 U.S. dollars) in the
coastal city of Mombasa on Saturday evening.
Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) and National
Intelligence Service (NIS) police arrested Suleiman Juma Mujibu
Mjikenda, 47, and Saady Bashur Omar Dawa, 59, during an
operation at a residence in Kisauni area in Mombasa.
"We have been doing investigations about drugs business here
"We have arrested these two and we are interrogating them,"
Washington Njiru, Coast regional head of DCI, told Xinhua.
The two prime suspects were arrested during the raid inside a
house where the police recovered a suitcase from the residence
of the accused persons containing assorted clothings.
Upon further search they discovered false bottoms on the
sides of the suitcase containing a whitish substance that tested
positive for cocaine, the police said.
"After tests by a government analyst, the substance was found
to be cocaine weighing 2,979.4 grams of street value 11,917,600
shillings (110,000 dollars)," Njiru said.
Reports indicate that Suleiman is a prominent drug trafficker
in the coastal region and has wide distribution networks.
Sources said the detectives had trailed the traffickers from
Brazil where they sourced the drugs to Juba in South Sudan,
through Kampala, Uganda, to Nairobi and finally to its final
Police are analyzing traveling documents and air tickets
recovered inside the house believed to belong to other drug
According to Njiru, Suleiman heads a narcotics distribution
network in parts of Mombasa and Malindi, North Coast targeting
local consumers and foreign tourists especially those from
Kenya’s immigration department is probing how Suleiman, a
Tanzanian, acquired a Kenyan identification card, according to
He said the detectives are searching for Nasim Athman
Mohamed, a middle-aged Kenyan woman who is said to have picked
the drugs from Sao Paulo in Brazil.
The cocaine seizure was the first this year, but police
believe the illicit narcotic trade has been going in Kenya’s
second largest city without being detected.
International agencies have in the past flagged off Mombasa
port as a key facility which drug traffickers use to import and
Ugandan police destroy
over 100 kg of narcotic drugs
KAMPALA Uganda (Xinhua) --
The Ugandan police on Tuesday destroyed 105 kg of
narcotic drugs worth more than 821,917 U.S. dollars.
Deputy Inspector General of Police Maj. Gen. Sabiiti Muzeyi
set fire on the drug exhibits at an event held here, witnessed
by government officials.
The drugs included cocaine, amphetamines and heroin.
They were already used as evidence against drug traffickers
"I promised that the destruction of narcotic drugs is going
to be a routine event to avoid storing drug exhibits for a long
period in our stores and to avoid associated risks that come
along with storage," Muzeyi said, noting that the destruction
shows that police are committed to fighting illicit drugs.
He said the drugs were seized from traffickers within a
period of five months at Entebbe International Airport, about 40
km south of the capital, Kampala.
"I am happy with the work of Uganda police and other security
agencies at Entebbe International Airport who are ensuring that
drug abuse, and trafficking are reduced in our country," said
A similar exercise was carried out on March 14, where 168 kg
of exhibits of narcotics were destroyed, according to the
Experts see Uganda as a transit point for drug traffickers
from South America and Southeast Asia.
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