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Kenya arrests 12, including 3 Italians, over drug offenses

Associated Press logo Associated Press 31/03/2017

MOMBASA, Kenya — Kenyan police have arrested 12 people, including three Italians, accused of drug-related offenses in a major security operation.

Hamis Massa, head of the police anti-narcotics unit, said Friday that three kilograms of heroin, two pistols and two vehicles were seized in the raid.

Massa said wanted drug baron Stephen Bosire was among the eight Kenyans arrested. A Mauritanian was also arrested.

Regional police chief Philip Tuimur said the foreign suspects face deportation.

President Uhuru Kenyatta has ordered an immediate crackdown on drug dealers in the coastal area that includes Mombasa, which is popular with tourists.

Kenya in January extradited four alleged drug traffickers to the United States, where they are facing charges.

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