In Mombasa, officers from the National Police Service (NPS) executed an operation in the Kisauni area resulting in the arrest of a suspected drug dealer. The arrest, which occurred on Saturday morning, yielded drugs believed to be heroin, with an estimated market value of Ksh507,540, seized from the scene. Alongside the narcotics, authorities also recovered Ksh1.3 million, 3.6 thousand dollars, and four mobile phones, all designated as evidence in the case.

This operation, conducted jointly by the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) and Anti-Narcotics teams, was initiated based on intelligence provided by a member of the public. Collaborating with counterparts from the Coast Region, the joint operation successfully led to the apprehension of the drug dealer. Subsequent investigations are underway to identify and apprehend any additional individuals involved in the illicit trade.

A statement from the National Police Service expressed gratitude to the public for their cooperation and partnership in matters of law enforcement. The NPS underscored the importance of community engagement in combating crime and maintaining public safety.

The directive to crackdown on drug dealers in Mombasa stemmed from Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua during a recent visit to the coast region. Gachagua issued stern directives to local law enforcement agencies to eradicate drug-related activities that adversely affect the youth in Mombasa. He pledged decisive action to apprehend all individuals involved in drug trafficking to cleanse the city from such illicit practices.

However, this directive has not been without controversy. Mombasa Governor Abdulswamad Nassir criticized Deputy President Gachagua for what he perceived as a failure to effectively address the issue of drug trafficking in the coastal region. Nassir emphasized the need for concrete action rather than empty promises, highlighting the urgency of addressing the root causes of drug-related crimes in the area.