Police arrest bhang traffickers after fiery shoot out
01 October 2015, 19:20
Vihiga - Over 1 778 rolls and 600 brooms of bang, together with 50 litres of chang’aa were netted along Chavakali-Kapsabet road, Vihiga County, while being ferried to an unknown destination.
Activities came to a standstill along the not-so-busy road Wednesday evening when over 70 police officers led by County police commander Elisha Odhiambo fired 20 bullets to stop two suspected drug traffickers in a five-hour dramatic car chase that attracted hundreds of onlookers.
“Siaya police tipped off our officers along Busia-Kisumu road, but when they waved down the suspected car, the driver defied the orders and sped off,” said Odhiambo.
He noted that the speeding driver avoided another roadblock at Luanda town and diverted to Yala- Kilingili road in Vihiga County, where he evaded another road block at Kilingili market as police chased the car in hot pursuit.
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The vehicle was however cornered by Mudete Police while en route to Kapsabet, who took it to the station.
“When the vehicle could not stop after being waved down by police, we decided to deflate its tyres using live bullets,” said Odhiambo.
He said the driver decided to continue speeding off with two flat tires for almost two kilometres before he found it difficult to continue driving as the four tyres became deflated.
“The vehicle lost control and veered off the road. The driver jumped off and tried to run away but he couldn’t go far as police were alert and arrested him together with his passenger. The vehicle was then towed to the station,” he said.
The police boss said the two suspects in their late twenties will be arraigned in court and charged with drug trafficking and transportation of illicit brew.
He said they could not immediately establish the value of the netted drugs, but warned residents against engaging in drug trafficking.
A parking sticker on the vehicle showed the car was on Tuesday parked in Nairobi.
Earlier in the week, two men were arrested by Luanda police while transporting over 95 brooms of bhang.
“My officers led by the OCS, Monica Kimani, managed to arrest two men with 95 brooms of bhang. The officers working on the public tip off apprehended the suspects at Ebuyangu junction,” said Luanda OCPD, Benson Kilonzo.
The OCPD added that in a period of one week his officers had managed to net a total of 245 brooms of bhang and the suspects prosecuted.
He urged those dealing in such businesses to stop and instead engage in legal businesses.
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