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How notorious bhang peddler escaped police dragnet for four years

Details have emerged of how a man who the police have described a “notorious bhang peddler” managed to escape police dragnet for more than four years until his arrest on Wednesday in Homa Bay County.

Nairobi News has established that the suspect, identified as Kennedy Odhiambo Ayoo, had on several occasions evaded arrest, including a series of police raids on his home that saw police officers recover more than 3,900 rolls of bhang.

In a police report seen by Nairobi News, the suspect’s home was first raided on June 4, 2020 but he managed to escape leaving behind 350 rolls of cannabis sativa inside his house.

On May 23, 2020, police officers netted 520 rolls of cannabis sativa at his house and 2230 rolls on May 16, 2020.

On October 11, 2021, police officers, with the help of a sniffer dog, conducted another raid at the suspect’s home and netted a total of 800 rolls of cannabis sativa.

It remains a mystery how Mr Ayoo learnt of the planned raids before police officers could pounce on him.

However, his luck ran out on Wednesday when detectives drawn from the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) raided the suspect’s home and arrested him.

“Officers, while on operation within Kakelo location, raided the home of a notorious bhang peddler namely Kennedy Odhiambo Ayoo, 38, who has been on the run following several recoveries of bhang in his house where 3,900 rolls were recovered,” the police said following the arrest.