Government license plates linked to high-end car transporting drugs
In a significant crackdown on drug trafficking, detectives attached to the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) in Kilifi County made a startling discovery on Monday, September 4, 2023, when they recovered a massive haul of 316 kilograms of bhang with an estimated street value of Sh9.4 million.
The discovery came after a high-end car, a black Toyota Land Cruiser, used to transport the illicit substance landed in a ditch following a self-involved accident.
The police had already initiated a manhunt for the vehicle’s occupants, which was found to be a black Prado TX bearing registration number KDC 300L at the time of the accident.
A statement released by the DCI indicated that the bhang was concealed in seven gunny bags and was being transported along the Kaloleni – Mavueni route.
While being driven at an excessive speed, the vehicle suffered a puncture in its right rear tire, causing it to careen into a ditch. The occupants fled the scene before law enforcement officers could arrive.
Upon arrival, traffic police officers at the scene immediately recognized the vehicle’s suspicious cargo and promptly called for assistance from DCI officers and regular police personnel.
A multi-agency team’s thorough search of the vehicle revealed more than just drugs. Several sets of registration numbers were found, including KBQ 580K, KBZ 528N, KDA 639A, and KDC 947C.
Of particular note is the KDC 947C registration, which is allegedly associated with parastatal vehicles.
This discovery has raised concerns about the possible involvement of government-owned or affiliated entities in illegal activities.
This significant drug bust comes at a time when law enforcement agencies across the country have intensified their efforts to combat drug abuse, narcotics trafficking, and the sale and consumption of illicit brews.
The Kilifi County DCI office has vowed to continue its relentless pursuit of individuals involved in these activities.
As the investigation unfolds, the seized drugs have been secured as evidence, and the black Toyota Land Cruiser has been impounded. A thorough search for the individuals behind the illicit operation is now underway.
The DCI issued a statement urging the public to remain vigilant and report any suspicious individuals or activities related to drug trafficking and abuse by calling the toll-free phone number 0800 722 203.