In a targeted police operation to combat drug trafficking, two individuals were apprehended in Nairobi’s Fedha estate, where 700 grams of cocaine valued at Sh2.8 million was seized.

The suspects, a 52-year-old woman and a 23-year-old man, were found in possession of the illicit substance sourced from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, by the man at the behest of the woman for distribution in Nairobi’s upscale nightlife areas.

Police disclosed that the woman, an experienced trafficker, had enlisted the man as an apprentice within her drug trafficking network. Notably, the woman had previously dispatched three Kenyan drug couriers to Thailand in 2021, resulting in their arrest and lifelong imprisonment.

The arrest of the woman marks a significant milestone in the fight against drug trafficking and consumption in the region, according to law enforcement authorities.

Despite ongoing efforts to curb drug-related crimes, recent incidents underscore the persistent challenges. In a separate operation, police uncovered a heroin-selling cartel targeting university students in Mombasa, resulting in the arrest of a suspect linked to a prominent drug trafficker in the area and the seizure of four kilograms of heroin valued at Sh2 million.

While arrests of lower-level traffickers have been frequent, authorities acknowledge the continued prevalence of drug trafficking networks and the shifting tactics employed, including the use of roads for transportation instead of airports.

The trafficking of narcotics, predominantly heroin from Tanzania and through Uganda, remains a prevalent issue, alongside cocaine trafficking from neighboring countries.

The National Drug Survey conducted by the National Authority for the Campaign Against Alcohol and Drug Abuse (NACADA) has highlighted widespread abuse of prescription medication, further underscoring the multifaceted challenges posed by drug abuse in the country.

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