As the fight on drug trafficking in the coast intensifies, police officers in the area have ordered eight individuals to surrender to the nearest police stations.
Lamu County security officers asked Kelvin Kirui, Mohamed Kale, Jackson Kang’ethe, Kelvin Opiyo, Mwanaisha Hassan, Mwalimu Omar, Ali Hassan Nassir and one Munar to report to the nearest station.
The officers further asked the public to assist in the search for the listed individuals.
“We want wananchi to assist in their identification for prosecution, plus two others are only known as Swabri and Gai,” stated county police commander Muchangi Kioi.
He also announced plans to publish more names and photos of notorious drug peddlers in the region, in newspapers and other media, to aid in their arrest.
This comes at a time when a crackdown on drug peddlers and users has been intensified across the Coast region since the beginning of the week.
The crackdown has seen tens of drug barons and dealers arrested in Lamu and Mombasa.
Speaking in his office, on Tuesday, Kioi revealed an emerging trend by criminals who commit a crime, particularly the drug peddling business in Lamu, and then flee the county to avoid arrest.
He added that no stone would be left unturned in the ongoing crackdown, noting that those involved would be arrested wherever they would be hiding.
This came barely hours after police completed a two-day-long search of suspected drug billionaire Ali Punjani’s palatial mansion.
In the raid, police arrested Punjani’s wife and two other foreigners.