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Three arrested for growing bhang

05 August 2013, 11:23 Joseph Mukubwa

Police in Kieni West district, Nyeri county, arrested three suspects on Friday after members of the public hinted that the three had been growing bhang at Aberdare forest.

Gataragwa senior chief Lawrence Ngara said the suspects after interrogation by police later revealed where they have been growing the cannabis sativa, four kilometers from the Abardare electric fence.

The three who are being held at Mweiga Police Station are known criminals who have also been stealing cows from the area and later slaughtering them in the deep forest as they grow the marijuana.

Uprooted and burnt by KWS rangers and police

The weed which was being grown in half an acre land was later uprooted and burnt by the Kenya Wildlife Service rangers, Kenya Forest Service officers, the Administration Police officers and the members of the public who joined hands with the officers.

The chief warned youth who could be engaging in growing the illegal weed in the forest that they will be apprehended and charged in court.

A local resident, Geoffrey Kagunda, said the suspects were notorious criminals who engage in illegal activities.

The chief who led the officers in uprooting the illegal plant after walking for over two hours said the suspects will be arraigned in court.

He said bhang brings insecurity and destroys the future of many youngsters.

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