As one way of getting rid of the illegal drug menace in the country, Directorate of Criminal investigations, DCI, is on Wednesday, November 6, 2019, set to destroy cocaine worth millions of shillings.
According to a statement on its twitter page, the investigations body was going to neutralize the drug, which has a street value of over Kshs.598 million at the institution’s headquarters in Kiambu.
The destruction, which will take place at the Forensic Lab Incinerator, will be overseen by Milimani High Court Judge Hon. Kimaru.
He will also be accompanied by other senior government officials including Interior Cabinet Secretary Dr. Fred Matiang’i, and Director of Public Prosecutions, DPP Nordin Haji.
ABOUT 100KGS of #Cocaine worth over Kshs. 598 Million to be destroyed today at DCI HQS Forensic Lab Incinerator, in a court procedure overseen by Milimani High Court Judge Hon. Kimaru & attended by among other Snr Govt Officials Dr. Fred Matiang'i (CS Interior), Mr. Noordin… pic.twitter.com/soNjmxhN6X
— DCI KENYA (@DCI_Kenya) November 6, 2019
According to reports from the Inspector of Police, Hillary Mutyambai and DCI boss George Kinoti, the said cocaine was confiscated on 29th July 2016 from a Container at Mombasa Port while being smuggled into the country
They also revealed that the Anti-Narcotics Unit, ANU Detectives were leading the Investigations.
The destruction followed an acquisition of a court order by the ANU with analysts from the Govt Chemist present for procedural demands.
In a recent case, the DCI on September 26 seized an assortment of narcotics, including 68 tubes of suspected cocaine, from two suspects in Riruta Nairobi.
According to the DCI, the detectives also recovered several brown cookies suspected to have been baked using drugs, 508 empty tubes for packaging, a weighing machine, several sachets of bhang and Kamagra oral jelly.
In the same month, the police arrested two suspects with 10 bags of bhang (marijuana) worth 9 million shillings (90,000 U.S. dollars).
Upon conducting a thorough search on the suspects’ houses in Kisauni area of Mombasa, the officers discovered false bottoms on the sides of the suitcase containing a whitish substance that tested positive for cocaine.
Reports indicated that Suleiman, one of the suspects nabbed, is a prominent drug trafficker in the coastal region and has wide distribution networks.