Court destroyed consignment worth Sh15 Million
The Homa Bay High court has destroyed a consignment of 65 bags (3,129.1kg) of bhang and 40 bags of maize valued at over sh.15 Million.
Two suspects, David Omondi Ocharu and Fredrick Okal Ogolla who were arrested and found guilty of possessing the drugs have been sentenced to an 18 years’ jail term by the same court.
The exercise was presided over by the Homa bay senior resident magistrate Mr. Paul Mayova, OCS Zamdan Mkondo and witnessed by officers from the National Environment Management Authority (NEMA) among other county officials.
The consignments were burnt in a confined compound guarded by armed Police officers from Homa Bay police station who kept watch until it turned into dust.
According to the disposal exhibit letter signed by Mkondo, the two were arrested along Homa bay/ Kisumu road on February 3, 2015 while transporting the drugs.
They were in a Mitsubishi lorry registration number KBL 219A which belongs to Chandrakant Bhikhabhai Patel which was released following the High court order.
They had loaded the lorry with the drugs and covered them with bags of maize in pretence that they were transporting maize when they were arrested.
Homa Bay is commonly used as a transit zone by drug traffickers mainly from the neighboring countries and Counties to reach their targeted market in the country.
It is also notorious as the main source of the drugs grown on the hilly sides of the County especially Gwassi hills in Suba South Sub County.