Adan Guyo, former Kisii County Criminal Investigations Officer (CCIO), has been appointed as the new Coast Regional Criminal Investigations Officer (RCIO) on Thursday, February 29. He succeeds Ali Bule Samata, who has been recalled to the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) headquarters.

Prior to his assignment at the Coast region, Guyo served at the DCI headquarters in the investigation branch. Both Guyo and Samata are experienced officers with a history of service in various capacities, according to their colleagues.

The transition ceremony took place on Thursday, marking the official assumption of duties by Guyo in his new role. Director of Criminal Investigations, Mohamed Amin, described the changes as routine and aimed at enhancing overall operations.

Sources indicate that the reshuffle was prompted by the need to intensify efforts against drug trafficking and consumption in the region. Despite ongoing operations, cases of drug-related offenses, including trafficking, possession, and consumption, have been on the rise in Mombasa and other towns.

Law enforcement agencies have made numerous arrests and filed charges against traffickers as part of their operations. Traffickers are increasingly using roads instead of airports to carry out their illicit activities, with heroin being one of the most commonly trafficked narcotics from Tanzania and Uganda, alongside cocaine and bhang.

A recent National Drug Survey by the National Authority for the Campaign Against Alcohol and Drug Abuse (NACADA) highlighted widespread abuse of prescription medication, indicating a need for concerted efforts to address the issue.

Operations conducted by the DCI have resulted in the arrest of traditional drug dealers found in possession of various prescription pills, indicating a shift in drug consumption patterns and highlighting a shortage of heroin in the market.

The survey also revealed an increase in subscriptions for harm reduction clinics, particularly in Mombasa, where methadone maintenance treatment is used to address opioid dependence.

Among the medications commonly abused are codeine, dextromethorphan, morphine, and ketamine. Efforts are underway to curb the proliferation of these medications in the market.

NACADA CEO Dr. Anthony Omerikwa confirmed a significant rise in bhang consumption in the region, with approximately one million Kenyans reported to be users. Kenya’s efforts to combat drug trafficking were underscored by a major seizure in July 2016, where authorities arrested suspects linked to 100 kilograms of cocaine disguised as sugar, valued at over Sh598 million.

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