Sh30 million heroin from Tanzania would have ruined 200,000 lives – police
6 months ago, 18 Mar 10:07
The 10.022kg heroin intercepted in Kwale on Thursday would have been consumed by 200,000 Mombasa residents, police have said. Coast Regional Coordinator Benard Leparamarai added on Saturday that the effects of the Sh30 million drugs would have been devastating. Leparamarai said the substance, whose value dropped by Sh60 million from earlier estimates, was destined for the Coastal county. It was from Tanzania, he said, adding that in the end, Sh200,000 would have been used to rehabilitate each user. “Who has such money? No government, no county, no person can rehabilitate 200,000 people," he said. “Two hundred thousand people are [too many] yet we know those who benefit are a few fellows ... cartels ... at the expense of public health." The Regional Coordinator spoke at the police headquarters in Mombasa when three suspects linked to the drug trafficking were paraded. He said they were arrested at a hotel and placed in their custody. Leparamai said sniffer dogs will be introduced at the Kenya-Tanzania border to tame drug trafficking. “Most of these drugs originate from countries as far as Afghanistan ... it is a long process,” he said, adidng drug lords are avoiding conventional routes and are using the “cheap sea mode”. Leparamarai said drug cartels are roaming East Africa but that their homes will be raided. “If we know you deal in drugs to destroy our people, we will come for you,” he warned.
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