Suspect Dives Into Indian Ocean to Evade Arrest

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    The Indian Ocean in Malindi, Kilifi County
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  • A suspected drug peddler was forced to dive into the Lamu seafront to evade arrest on Saturday, December 18.

    In a statement, the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) disclosed that police officers based in Lamu island had to dive in the water in a spirited fight to arrest the offender.

    The scene lasted about 30 minutes with the suspect disappearing and reappearing floating at different points.

    An undated image of a police vehicle at a scene of a crime
    An undated image of a police vehicle at a scene of a crime
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    "Two of the cops whom #Fichua later learnt that they grew up along the banks of River Nzoia, also dived into the sea, in a spirited aquatic battle to arrest the notorious drug dealer. 

    "Their experience swimming across the flooded river while growing up, came in handy," reads an excerpt by DCI.

    The officers received reinforcement as a marine boat that was on patrol at sea arrived on time with marine officers.

    "The thug tried his underwater tactics but he was no match for the police divers whose buoyancy, speed and efficiency could only be compared to that of a dolphin."

    While the suspect was being escorted along the seafront, one individual attempted to obstruct the officers while another one, threw a projectile at the officers.

    The projectile seriously injured the constable.

    "All the three suspects are currently in lawful custody being processed for arraignment," DCI reported.

    The Narcotics, Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Control (Amendment) Bill, 2019 proposes a fine of up to Ksh 30 million to individuals found guilty of trafficking drugs.

    If Uhuru signs the bill into law, offenders could also face life imprisonment.

    Directorate of Criminal Investigations headquarters along Kiambu Road
    Directorate of Criminal Investigations headquarters along Kiambu Road
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