The police have arrested 83 people who were patronizing a club in which 146 rolls of bahng were found in Murang’a County.
The suspects were arrested on Saturday night in a party that allegedly required all its participant to buy a roll of bhang to access it.
It is said posters had been distributed all over Kenol town in Maragua Sub County indicating that the gate pass to the party was a roll of bhang.
According to Maragua OCPD John Onditi, the suspects had travelled from Thika and Ruiru towns in the neighboring Kiambu County with only a few locals in attendance.
Onditi said the police conducted a raid in the club and recovered the bhang after which they arrested the suspects.
He however noted that a Nissan van that was found in the compound and which is suspected to have ferried the suspects to the venue was confiscated.
But the police could not find the keys to open vehicle that had tinted windows to establish if it had more rolls of bhang and is now being held at Makuyu police station.
He explained that when the police raided the club, majority of the suspects who had bhang dropped them on floor while others were founder in the counter and the DJs stand.
“This is why we have decided to zero in on six people including the owner of the club and the other organisors,” Onditi said.
The suspects were arraigned in a Kigumo court where the prosecution asked for one week to complete their investigations.
Senior Resident magistrate Agnetta Ogonda on Monday granted the prosecution’s application and the six will remain in police until July 10 when charges will be preferred against them.
13 of the suspects were charged with being drunk and disorderly and causing disturbance and were sentenced to one day community service.
On Saturday, Onditi had raised concerns that the Kenol Sagana highway that connects to Moyale Ethiopia highway is being used by bhang suppliers to ferry the drugs from the Northern parts of the country.
The criminals, he said, have been using unorthodox means of transporting bhang and have even been using fuel trucks.
Onditi said this even as Murang’a was named as one of the counties with the highest levels of drugs usage among students.
He noted that the security team is working day and night to curb drugs use and that peddlers and suppliers are arrested on a daily basis and charged in court.
“It is shocking that even the elderly are selling drugs to youths. We recently arrested a 74 years old granny with 49 stones of bhang in Maragua,” he said.
The anti-drugs fight requires the co-operation of all stakeholders, he noted, saying that some akurino faithfuls have been using their turbans to hide and peddle bhang.
The high rate of drug use has caused an increase of crime especially rape and defilement that has in turn resulted to high teenage pregnancies.
He said this after area MP Mary Waithera said that Children as young as 9 years were using drugs in schools.
Waithera had said that students we using drugs in schools during break time, citing the example of Maragua, Makuyu and Kirimiri areas.
“When you see students basking in the sun in the fields during break times, chances are high they are using drugs. Drugs are now being heavily used in the rural areas and drastic measures are required to stop it,” she said.