42 suspected traffickers arrested in Mombasa drugs crackdown

Forty two drug traffickers have been arrested in Mombasa County since President Uhuru Kenyatta ordered a crackdown on August 27.

Mombasa County Commissioner Nelson Marwa on Thursday made the announcement during a public rally at Shikaadabu in Likoni constituency and said the crackdown will continue.

He claimed many drug barons had fled from Mombasa to Kilifi and Kwale counties since the operation started and that a joint crackdown by the three counties was being organised.

“We have intelligence reports that the major drug barons have run away from Mombasa and are hiding in Kwale and Kilifi counties. We are organising a massive joint operation. I have already talked with my counterparts in those counties and we shall start any time,” he said.

He also gave a list of drug dens that have since been destroyed in all sub-counties. They include the notorious Magodoroni den in Kisauni, Bamburi Mwisho, Kongowea, Majengo Mapya, Shanzu Bush Bar, Saphire, Kiringongo, Ridhwan, Crazy Boys, Magwende and Madhubaa.

Mr Marwa gave 13 names he claimed were of drug barons operating within Changamwe constituency in Mombasa West.

He also gave a list of rehabilitation centres and hospitals that will be equipped by the government and used to reform drug addicts. He warned police officers and administrators against harassing addicts saying they should be treated humanely.

The rehab centres include Miritini National Youth Service, Reachout and Consolata Kona ya Mtongwe. The health centers include among others Port Reitz Hospital and Jomvu.