Briton linked to seized boat with drugs in Mombasa
14 April 2015, 08:02
Mombasa - Police on Monday linked a Briton to the seizure of heroine worth 65,000 U.S. dollars in Mombasa.
According to police, Mike Carnel is the owner of the yacht that was impounded waiting to smuggle 2028 grams of heroin to Seychelles.
The yacht, Baby Iris, was towed to Mombasa Ports Authority and is currently under 24-hour surveillance of the Kenya navy officers at the port of Mombasa.
Mombasa County Police Commander Robert Kitur said they are holding five suspects, among whom, the captain of the vessel, a Swiss, is believed to be the mastermind of the drug syndicate.
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Kitur said they were also detaining the vehicle that was ferrying the drugs to the Kilifi bay before loading into the vessel for overseas trafficking.
President Uhuru Kenyatta last year ordered destruction of vessels seized in drug trafficking syndicate. He has put drug barons in Mombasa on notice, declaring a total war on the menace that has ruined the lives of many young people in the country.
The UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) has on several occasions cited Kenya as a transit point for re-packaging and trans-shipment of drugs to Europe and America.
According to latest police statistics, some 1,359 cases of drug trafficking were detected in Kenya in 2014 and 1,513 suspects arrested.
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