BY CORRESPONDENT,LAMU,29TH SEPT 2017-Six suspected drug barons and peddlers have been arrested in a police crackdown in Lamu .Confirming the arrests which happened on Thursday night Lamu County Commissioner Gilbert Kitiyo said The suspects will be arraigned in court once investigations are complete.
“They are still being probed by our CID officers and they will be arraigned any time from now. The operation continues until the drugs are eliminated and offenders brought to book,” he said.
The six are Mr Mohamed Twahir Alii, Mr Hisham Athman Abdallah, Mr Imran Mohamed Islam, Mr Feiswal Mohamed Islam, Mr Ali Hassan and Mr Said Abdallah Mohamed were arrested on Thursday evening when police raided their house in Lamu town.
During the raid, led by Lamu West police chief Pius Mbithi the police found bhang and equipment used in smoking and sniffing drugs.
Mr Kitiyo said the six suspects were among key drug traffickers who have been on police radar for long.
He said similar arrests had been effected in Faza and Kizingitini in Lamu East early this week and saw majority players in the illegal trade arraigned in court.
The county chief said other suspects were still being grilled by the county criminal investigations officers.
He said the war on narcotics had been intensified in all parts of the county and asked drug barons and peddlers to leave the county.
He also challenged drug peddlers to surrender to the police for amnesty before they are caught.
He said they were targeting all drug-trafficking hotspots in the county and vowed to arrest all traffickers and peddlers.
He said he had also asked chiefs and their assistants to take the lead in the anti-narcotics fight in their area.
But Mr Kitiyo said the war was being inhibited by locals who preferred to cover up drug lords instead of reporting them to the police.
He said the drug menace had ruined the lives of thousands of youth in Lamu.