Police in Mandera have torched bhang worth Ksh 800,000 after a court ordered that the drugs be destroyed.
Nearly 26 bales of the drug were burnt in smoke at the border point one in Mandera Thursday evening in the presence of a security multi-agency team led by Mandera Deputy County Commissioner Solomon Cheboton.
During the highly guarded exercise, members of the public were kept at bay as the drugs went up in flames.
Cheboton confirmed that the security team received instruction from Mandera Senior Resident Magistrate Mukami Kimani.
According to Mandera DCC, the bales of bhang were nabbed in June last year at Busle area of Mandera East sub-county.
The Deputy county commissioner also added that the use of the harmful drug has been rampart in the area considering it’s getting its way to the county through Ethiopia and Somalia border but he promised that government will intensify drug operations in the county and anyone caught will be arraigned in court.
Cheboton challenged members of the public to volunteer information over the use of bhang among youths which has been on the rise mainly around Mandera East sub-county.
The National Authority for the Campaign against Alcohol and Drug Abuse (NACADA) last year warned that Cannabis is still illegal in Kenya despite action by the World Health Organisation (WHO) of removing it from the strictest Schedule 4 of 1961 Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs.
The offenders face up to eight years of imprisonment.