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Five arrested as police seize 100kg of bhang in Mombasa

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Five people were arrested with 100 kilos of bhang during a police operation at Barsheba in Mombasa on Sunday. 

The five
were nabbed at a house in Toa Tugawe, a notorious area known for insecurity
incidents in Kisauni constituency.

It was in the area that the dreaded juvenile Wakali Kwanza gang used to pounce on women,
sucking their breasts.

Kisauni
police boss Sangura Musee told journalists that the arrest followed a tip off by members
of the public.

“The locals alerted police officers on patrol of a suspicious consignment
being offloaded into a house.”

“The
officers acted fast, went into the place and found about five young men
handling the consignment,” Musee said.

The bhang was well-packaged complete with a seal in each of the 10 bales.

The bales
were labelled Alex, who police suspect was to be the recipient of the
consignment.

“The
bhang seems to be from outside Mombasa. It could be coming from a neighbouring
country,” said Musee.

Detectives
told the Star the kind of packaging indicated the bhang is meant for well-to-do
people.

“They
had flavoured rolling papers, which is more expensive than the usual rolling
paper,” a detective told the Star.

One of
the package had a label written “If seal is broken, please check the
content inside to make sure it is intact”.

This is
unusual, the police boss said adding that a hunt for the said Alex is on. “It
could be a fictitious name but we are investigating,” Musee said.

Police also recovered Sh20,000 in different
denominations upon a search at the house. The five also had a weighing scale used to measure the
weight of the bhang.

Apart from the bales, some of the bhang had also been
packed in small plastic sachets.

“This appears to be a consignment not for the lowly
addicts. This is meant for high value clients,” said one detective.

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