Two Tanzanians arrested with Sh500, 000 bhang on island

Bhang smuggled by Tanzanians confiscated on Remba Island in Homa Bay County. [James Omoro/Standard]
Two Tanzanians have been arrested for allegedly smuggling marijuana worth Sh500, 000 into Kenya.

Annah Mwisawa, 34, and Jackson Josephat, 20, were found in possession of the narcotic on Remba island in Suba North sub-county on Tuesday evening.

Administration Police officers patrolling Lake Victoria found the bhang hidden in three sacks.

According to Suba North Deputy AP Commander Elias Wasonga, the officers acted on a tip-off from the public that the suspects were ferrying the drugs using a fishing boat from Tanzania.

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Mr Wasonga said the suspects were followed after they tried to evade police officers on the lake.

“The suspects used a fishing boat to mislead the public that they were on a legal trip yet they were not,” said Wasonga.

The Tanzanians managed to travel to Remba island, offloaded the drugs from the boat and hid it in a deserted house to avoid detection.

But police officers, who were hot on their trail, stormed the house, confiscated the narcotics and arrested the two suspects.

Suba North OCPD Charles Mwangi said the suspects and the drugs were transported to Mbita Police Station.

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Mr Mwangi said officers were conducting investigations to aid in the arrest of Kenyans who were suspected to be colluding with foreigners to smuggle drugs into the area.

“Any Kenyans colluding with foreigners to undertake illegal business will not be spared.  

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