Police explain how Sh6 million heroin was seized off Malindi coast
By MKAMBURI MWAWASI
Updated Thursday, June 15th 2017 at 00:00 GMT +3
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A police officer involved in the arrest of five men including a Seychellois alleged to have smuggled heroin worth Sh6 million told a court he recovered four bags containing "a white substance".
Anti-narcotic officer Simon Kamitu yesterday informed the court that the substance was suspected to be a narcotic.
Testifying before Chief Magistrate Julius Nang'ea, Mr Kamitu said the suspects had brought the narcotic to the boatyard to load it onto a boat named 'MV Baby Iris.'
Ahmed Said, Clement Bristol, Mohamed Bakari, Sharifu Mohamed and Ahmed Salim are accused of smuggling in heroin. They were arrested aboard the luxury boat on April 13, 2015, and have been in jail since.
Kamitu told the court that because they could not access some compartments of the boat, it had to be guarded by police officers.
"The boat had to be guarded by police so a further search could be conducted by our officers," he said.