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Police impound marijuana in a hearse

A consignment of 12 sacks of marijuana was intercepted last night by police, as it was being ferried to the port city of Kisumu in an hearse.

In the incident that stunned the police officers manning a roadblock at Suo River, in Busia County, the product had been neatly arranged in the vehicle that is ordinarily used in the transportation of corpses.

According to the officers, they had flagged down a white nissan van branded Rafiki Funeral Services-Othaya, for routine check up at around 7pm. The heavily tinted vehicle, whose stereo was playing sombre tunes, then pulled over.

As the vehicle’s driver hesitantly lowered his window and muttered some words after responding to the officer’s greetings, the policeman manning the roadblock detected some unfamiliar smell emanating from inside the vehicle that was not related to a dead person’s remains.

Their fears were confirmed moments later when after conducting a search inside the vehicle together with other colleagues, they discovered 12 sacks of cannabis sativa arranged on the seats and floor of the van.

The driver of the hearse,
Hussein Otita, was arrested and the motor vehicle registration number KCV 402Y impounded.

In a related incident, officers based at Korondile police station in Wajir, recovered 58kilograms of marijuana being transported to Wajir town on a motorcycle.

In the incident reported last night, two suspects Osman Boru, 25 and Halkno Guchu, 24 were arrested and detained at Korondile police station pending arraignment.

Detectives from the Anti Narcotics Unit, have since taken over investigations into the two cases.

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