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Tuesday, 14 Feb 2017 15:37 EATckaranja@kenyafreepress.com
At least nine suspected drug traffickers are in custody in Mombasa after police raided their hideout and recovered 17Kgs of heroin worth Sh170 million and Sh18.4 million in cash. The operation was conducted on Saturday and Sunday in several estates. Last month, the government launched the anti-narcotic war where Coast region has been the target particularly Mombasa.
The extrajudicion of the Akasha brothers, Indian and a Pakistani to the United States to face drug related charges kicked off the war on drugs where later on Saturday, two retired South African soldiers were arrested when the police raided a hotel and an apartment in Mombasa. Two Seychellois men, Nelson Vivian George's Domingeuz and Nedy Conrad Rodney Micock, were also arrested in a raid on an apartment in Nyali estate, Mombasa. Their legal status in Kenya was not clear with claims they have been deported.
The police have claimed four of the suspects are partners in international crime and have been on the list of wanted criminals for years. There are reports the arrests were as a result of combined efforts between officials from different security agencies and Interpol. Shanzu Senior Principal Magistrate Diana Mochache yesterday gave police five days to investigate the suspects as they are being detained in Nyali and ordered for fair treatment to them. The prosecutor said that more people are set to be arrested.
Coast Regional Coordinator Nelson Marwa and head of the Anti-Narcotic Unit Hamis Massa said they will not relent until all drug dealers are arrested and prosecuted. Those nabbed in the Kanamai raid are Swaleh Yussuf Ahmed Kendereni and his in-law Farida. Also arrested was Kendereni's wife Asma Abdalla Mohamed who led detectives to Bamburi where 15 kilogrammes of heroin were found in a store belonging to Farida.
Kendereni was among those taken to court yesterday. Rashid Athuman and Athuman Salim, found in Kendereni's company during the raid, were also arrested.