Police in Mtito Andei, Kibwezi Sub-county have impounded bhang with a street value of over Sh1.2 million, being transported to Mombasa.
Police manning a mobile road block along the Nairobi-Mombasa early morning Friday, flagged down two motor vehicles being driven dangerously, but their drivers defied the orders.
Consequently, the police gave chase and on reaching at Kaanga area about 6kms away, the first vehicle Probox Reg. No. KDC 105C was involved in an accident with a truck, when its driver tried to overtake from the right side of the road, hitting the rear tyres of the lorry.
The fleeing driver then stopped and fled from the scene of the accident.
However, on checking the vehicle, police found thousands of bhang sticks stuffed in sacks.
Further, the police found the second Probox vehicle Reg. No. KCX 521X abandoned two kilometers inside Tsavo East National Park, equally stuffed with sacks of bhang.
“This is the second most successful operation on drug trafficking along the Nairobi-Mombasa highway. There were 4600 bhang sticks in the first car valued at Sh460,000, while the other vehicle had 940 sticks in 10 sacks weighing 24 kilograms each, valued at Sh814,000,” said Makueni County Police Commander Joseph Ole Naipeyan Friday.
Naipeyan also revealed that the second vehicle was found after they called for assistance from the Kenya Wildlife Service chopper within the Tsavo East National Park, adding that one of the suspects identified as Caan Yaah, 27, has already been nabbed and will be arraigned in court on Tuesday April 19.
The police boss also said the motor vehicle registration numbers will be verified by NTSA on Tuesday to ascertain if they were genuine and also establish the owners.
Earlier in the month, another vehicle was impounded with bhang valued at Sh1 million, though the driver was never arrested during the incident.