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Kenyan police intensified arrests of more people in drugs fight

NAIROBI, Kenya—Police in Kenya have intensified efforts to stamp out drug trafficking and drug abuse in the country.

Police authorities on Sunday said a Kenyan female police officer is among seven suspects arrested in the coastal city of Mombasa with cocaine and heroin.

Officer Hamdi Yusuf Maalim, who is attached to the Likoni police station, was arrested with her companion in Diani, the South Coast on Friday.

“We have a long list of suspects, and we are sure we will get them if they don’t surrender. We hear others have escaped to Tanzania and other places, but we are after you even if you are a public servant,” the Coast Regional Coordinator John Elungata told media groups in Mombasa.

He said the two suspects had established a drug distribution route to Garissa, northern Kenya.

Kenyan police in Mombasa

The Kenyan police Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) officers from Nairobi raided the home of suspects and recovered three kilograms of cocaine worth 12 million shillings (about 112,000 U.S. dollars) and two kilograms of heroin worth about 60,000 dollars.

Police said Maalim is a leader of a cartel which has operated in Likoni area for a long period.

Maalim’s accomplice, Alfan Rahma Ali, was arrested by police on Saturday.  The two are members of a drug cartel headed by another suspect Swaleh Ahmed who has ongoing court case for trafficking 100 kilograms of cocaine.

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Jacob Ujamaa Nyerere

Jacob Ujamaa Nyerere is a public affairs researcher and senior investigative correspondent.

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