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Teen arrested smoking weed

05 September 2014, 15:07 Arap Yego

Bungoma - Police in Bungoma are holding six people who were allegedly found smoking marijuana openly in Mandizini Estate on the outskirts of Bungoma town Thursday evening.

Among the six suspects in custody is a 14-year-old school boy, while the rest are all middle-aged men. 

They were arrested after a tip-off from a member of the public and were all found with several rounds of bhang.

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Bungoma South Deputy Administration Police Commander, Nahashon Maliti who confirmed the incident told journalists that the bhang that was recovered has an estimated street value of over KES 200 000.

“We have the six men in custody and they will be appearing in court. We suspect the group has been peddling the drugs to schools in Mandizini and other neighbouring areas like Mjini, Bondeni, Sinoko and Mashambani,” said Maliti. 

One of the suspects who is believed to be a ringleader of the group, nicknamed ‘Kevo’, caused a stir at the police station when he claimed there was nothing wrong with smoking bhang.

“ As Rastafarians, we smoke the ‘holy weed’ which assists us to meditate and also cures illnesses like flu and asthma,” said Kevo, eliciting galses of laughter from journalists and police officers present at the station.

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"These people (the Police) have interfered with our church. As we smoke, we communicate directly with Jah; let them release us because we only smoke but don't sell the holy weed to any other persons expect members of our religion," added Kevo.

The police boss said they are pursuing accomplices of the suspect who managed to escape the dragnet of security officers. 

He called on the members of the public to volunteer more information that will lead to their arrests.

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