High School Girl Found With 26Kg Bhang, Accomplice Escapes

Photos shared online showed the consignment of the illegal drug hidden in sacks and placed in a small sukuma wiki (kales) farm.

High School Girl Found With 26Kg Bhang, Accomplice Escapes

A high school girl in Samburu County was arrested on Tuesday, October 5 after being caught red-handed with bhang weighing 26 kilograms.

Photos shared online showed the consignment of the illegal drug hidden in sacks and placed in a small sukuma wiki (kales) farm.

The Nation reported that the girl's teenage accomplice who was with her had escaped the police's dragnet.

Residents mill around the scene where the consignment of bhang was recovered from a high school girl in Samburu County. /TWITTER

The arrest came less than a week after a couple from Meru County was sentenced to life in prison after they were found guilty of trafficking bhang worth Ksh3 million.

Meru Senior Principal Magistrate Thomas Muraguri also ordered James Muthiora, alias, Karinta and his wife Fridah Karimi to pay a fine of Ksh4.5 million, failure to which they would spend an additional five years in prison. 

The magistrate said that the prosecution had proved that the two were found in possession of 103 kilogrammes of bhang worth Ksh3,090,000 at their home in the Kooje estate. 

Muraguri, however, acquitted three others, Timothy Kinoti Kariaci, Joseph Ekeno Ekeno and Jacob Githae Mukunyu- for insufficient evidence over the November 1, 2018 incident. 

The five had been arrested in a high-profile raid conducted by police led by the then Meru county commissioner Wilfred Nyagwanga. 

Muraguri added that evidence placed the two at the scene of the crime and the presence of the illegal drug at their home was not disputed. 

Utensils that the couple reportedly used in preparing the drug were presented in court, contrary to Section 5 and Psychotropic Substances Control Act. 

The magistrate however did give the couple 14 days within which they could appeal the sentence. 

The drug was banned in Kenya during the British colonial era in 1914, with the National Authority for the Campaign Against Alcohol and Drug Abuse (NACADA) battling growing calls for its legalisation in the country after the United Nations Commission on narcotic drugs removed it from the list of the most dangerous drugs on December 2, 2020. 

A marijuana plant. /FILE