Police in Nairobi are investigating an incident where two prison warders were arrested for sneaking narcotics to inmates.
The two, a constable and sergeant, were arrested on Monday at the Industrial Area prison.
Makadara Criminal Investigations boss Felix Nyamai Kithuku led a sting operation that saw the seizing of 451 rolls of bhang from the two officers.
According to police, the bhang has a street value of Ksh11,000
Makadara sub-county police commander Judith Nyongesa confirmed the arrest of the two.
“The warders were found with the rolls of bhang which were so skillfully concealed that no one could easily suspect them,” Nyongesa said.
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Detectives received information that the bhang would be brought into Nairobi and be smuggled by prison warders to prisoners who were to later sell them inside the facility.
“We had detectives who were following the suspects, while we had others who waited for them at the prison gate”.
“Unaware of our presence, the suspects, who are both attached to Industrial Area Prison, were immediately ambushed and arrested as they passed the main gate of the prison carrying the consignment,” Kithuku said.
Detectives are holding the suspects for questioning so that they can provide more information on the suppliers and consumers of the narcotics being smuggled into correctional facilities.
Early last year, two other warders were arrested as they sneaked drugs into the institution.
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