Over the weekend, detectives conducted an operation in Nairobi and Mombasa, where they detained eight men they claimed were responsible for a recent surge in cocaine trafficking.
The National Authority for the Campaign Against Alcohol and Drug usage (NACADA) recently conducted a national drug study that found widespread prescription drug usage.
DCI conducted operations where traditional hard drug dealers were detained while in possession of a variety of prescription medications, indicating a heroin scarcity.
According to the report, enrollment in harm reduction clinics that use methadone maintenance treatment to treat opioid dependence has surged, particularly in Mombasa, a coastal city.
Methadone is administered daily to opioid dependent individuals in the form of a liquid or pill, which lessens withdrawal symptoms and cravings for opioids.
The report included codeine, dextromethorphan, noscapine, morphine, caffeine, ketamine, and papaverine as the most often misused drugs.
The government is currently considering ways to reduce the availability and profusion of drugs on the market.
Anti-narcotic investigators conducted an operation on Saturday, October 7, 2023 in the Junda district of Mombasa County and detained two female suspects who are connected to Tanzanian drug lord Mwinyi Seif Salim alias Mwinyi Mareba.
Sources familiar with the situation indicated that the 750 grams of cocaine, multiple sachets of psychiatric medications, a digital weighing machine, and packing materials that were recovered by detectives are crucial pieces of evidence in the investigation.
The two women are being detained by police at the Mombasa Port Police as they wait to be weighed, sampled, and charged in the Shanzu Law Courts.
Police officers in Nairobi County’s Mlolongo and Satellite regions apprehended a suspected Nigerian drug trafficker, a Kenyan, and three additional accomplices during a separate operation.
When the Nigerian and his three companions were detained in Athi River on their way to Mombasa, detectives found 250 grams of cocaine in the vehicle they were riding in.
A more thorough investigation turned out a variety of pills and powdered substances.
On behalf of the Nigerian national, another Kenyan who distributes drugs was also apprehended.
All of the accused have been lodged at the Muthaiga Police Station in anticipation of their court appearance.
Due to ongoing police operations across the nation, drug trafficking cases have been declining.