The anti-narcotic unit has ordered Mombasa tycoon Ali Punjani to immediately surrender to police as fight against drug trafficking in the region hots up.
Police raided Punjani palatial home in Nyali Monday evening, however Punjani was not at his home during the raid.
Police said they will pitch camp at the residence until Punjani surrenders to authorities.
Punjani is a close ally to the Akasha brothers who are awaiting sentencing at a New York court in the US.
Baktash and his brother Ibrahim Akasha were extradited to the US in 2014 following drug trafficking trade and were found guilty of trafficking in a well coordinated network.
The barons operated in the US, New York, Afghanistan, India, The East Africa region among other international countries.
The two will be sentenced in November, 2019.
“We want Punjani to surrender to police in the shortest time possible,” noted Mombasa County Police commandant Johnstone Ipara.
[Mombasa tycoon Ali Punjani palatial home].
He said Punjani is in the list of suspected drug barons that police are pursuing.
“We have 18 suspects in our custody in this serious anti-drug operation, one of who is a Likoni MCA,” he revealed.
Bofu Ward representative Ahmed Salama was nabbed on Monday together with other suspects believed to be active members in the drug trafficking trade.
Other 7 suspects were nabbed at Kisauni 4 with 42 sachets of Heroine and the other two were habouri 147 tablets.
The operation comes after Interior cabinet secretary Dr. Fred matiang’i Mombasa county tour on Sunday.
He ordered police to initiate anti-drug operation since it is the cause of insecurity in the county.
“The operation will be painful, harsh and risky, but we are well prepared,” he disclosed.