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BY CORRESPONDENT,MOMBASA,18TH MARCH 2018-Police in the Coast region have arrested five suspected members of a dangerous cartel that is said to be behind the ever increasing cases of drugging club-goers and house owners before robbing them of their valuables and cash.
The suspects, who include four women and a man, were arrested in a guest house in Mtwapa, Kilifi County, just a few hours after arriving from Kwale.
The suspects, all from Nairobi County, are James Ng’ang’a, Joice Gituko, Susan Gachuka, Pauline Wanjiru and Ann Wambui.
The five were arrested following a joint operation involving various security officers who have been tracking them since last year.
Kilifi DCIO Christopher Chesoli says that the security officers managed to recover valuables worth over Ksh600, 000; including more than 100 stolen mobile phones, laptops and DVD players.
Mr. Chesoli said the suspects have also been targeting high class men in various night clubs, drugging and robbing them after reaching their houses.
”We recovered the type of drugs they use to fleece people and are taking them to the government chemist to establish of what type they are. They target everything in one’s house; not just cash, they even steal stationery, bedding and cutlery. When you take them back to your house, they will drug you and leave you there but make away with everything else,”said Chesoli.
The DCIO said his office had received more than 20 cases where innocent people had been drugged and robbed by the gang. Mr. Chesoli added that nine people had so far recovered their property from the items seized from the gang.
“You will find a victim of this vice is not really dead but they cannot speak. So you take them to the hospital and when they regain consciousness they will narrate of how they were in a room with a certain woman and when they woke up they lacked energy and all their belongings were gone,” he said.
The suspects will be arraigned at a Shanzu court on Monday morning.