Police officers have arrested five drug traffickers in the Sabache area along the Moyale-Isiolo highway, Samburu County, north-central of Kenya.
The officers were manning a vehicle checkpoint they had mounted on the highway when a beige land cruiser hastily approached.
The driver of the vehicle, acting suspiciously, was ordered to stop and alight to facilitate a proper search.
Upon a detailed vehicle check conducted by a narcotic sniffer dog from the K-9 Eastern command, 41 stones of marijuana tightly wrapped in a khaki paper and sealed with heavy layers of tape were recovered.
The stones that had been stashed in a concealed compartment under the vehicle's rear seats weighed 73.6Kgs, with a street value of Kshs. 2,576,000.
Intelligence leads indicate that the traffickers procure the drug from associates in a neighbouring country.
Security has since been heightened along the busy highway after it was established that proceeds from the sale of the drugs were being used to fund criminal activities.
"Kenyans are reminded that marijuana is a prohibited drug and being found in possession, trafficking or growing the plant attracts heavy penalties of up to 20 years behind bars," said the Directorate of Criminal Investigations.©Standard Gazette, 2021. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this site’s publisher is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Standard Gazette with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.