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Drugs in sunken ship 'won't harm' marine, human life

By Ally Jamah
Updated Monday, September 1st 2014 at 07:36 GMT +3
Drugs in sunken ship 'won't harm' marine, human life
‘MV Bushehr’ docked at the port of Mombasa in July. The vessel was impounded on Kenyan waters by the Kenya Navy loaded with 377kgs of heroin. [Photo: File/Standard]

The sinking of a ship laden with heroin worth Sh1 billion in the sea off the country's coast will not harm marine and human life in the long run, environmental experts have said.

This comes a few days after President Uhuru Kenyatta oversaw the sinking of a ship containing 337 kilogrammes of high-grade heroin, 33.3 kilometres in Mombasa County.

Kenya Marine Fisheries Research Institute Principal Research Officer Dr James Kairo said this is because the exercise was conducted in the deep sea where marine life is minimal and volumes of water are very high, adding that the drugs will quickly dilute into harmless components.

"If the drugs had been disposed off near the shore where marine life is most concentrated, that would have been a different story. But they were taken far from the shore. So I don't foresee any negative impact on marine life. Under the circumstances, the way the destruction was done was the best option. The sheer volume of the sea will dilute the drugs and make them harmless," he added.

Ministry of Environment Secretary Simon Gathara said the dilution power of the sea is so great that the drugs will have no effect on fish and other sea organisms and humans.

Kenya Navy personnel denoted explosives on the ship carrying the 377 kilogrammes of heroin.

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