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Police uproot marijuana in Nyeri

04 July 2013, 12:00 James Kabotia

Fear gripped residents of Kiamwathi village in Nyeri Central on Wednesday after armed police officers impounded on marijuana (bhang) plantation and nabbed a suspect.

The security team spent the better part of the evening uprooting the marijuana.

Kevin Mureithi, 28, was arrested in his rental house where police said they recovered ten rolls of bhang alongside a concoction of bhang and chang’aa.

However, Mureithi surprised the security agents when he vividly admitted that he had grown the weed for the last one year.

Mureithi, a graduate at Moi University, told the media that he rented the single room last year and decided to make use of the compound by planting his favorite plant, marijuana.

The suspect had also grown maize in the plantation and said that he thought marijuana could grow well in the area.

He said, “I am a farmer and I plant this weed because it gives me strength and helps smooth digestion. Despite the fact that it supplies me with a lot of energy, it does not make me violent. I am a learned person and I know the benefits of this drug,” said Mureithi.

The suspect admitted that he sells one roll of bhang at KES 20, adding that the business has sustained him.

Mureithi revealed that he has been using the drug for the last nine years and that it has never implanted negative effects on him.

“Bhang is good; it’s only that the Kenyan law does not condone it,” said Mureithi.

Nyeri Administration Police County Commander Jacob Sohera said that the fight against illicit drugs will continue.

Sohera said that working on a tip from members of public, his officers netted the man who was having some puffs of bhang in his room.  

“We recovered 10 rolls of bhang from him. We also managed to recover a concoction of marijuana and chang’aa,” said Sohera.

The commander said that the suspect has a degree in Agriculture from the Moi University but has been destroying the future of youths in the area.

He promised that security in Nyeri County will only be heightened if the public continues cooperating with security agents.

Nyeri Central Deputy County Commissioner John Marete said that President Kenyatta’s directive of fighting drugs in Kenya will continue, saying that Nyeri is not an exception.

The deputy County commissioner said that the suspect will be arraigned in court so that the law can take its course.

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