Police in Naivasha have burnt bhang with a street value of Sh81m after obtaining a court order from the court to destroy the haul.
During the highly guarded exercise at the Naivasha dumpsite, members of the public were kept at bay as the drugs went up in smoke.
The bhang was recovered last week in the vast Kedong ranch in Mai Mahiu area following a sting operation by security officers.
During the operation, fourteen suspects who included one woman were arrested and have since been arraigned in court.
Naivasha Chief Magistrate Kennedy Bidali issued an order to burn the bhang while denying the suspects bond following a request by the prosecution.
According to Naivasha sub-county commissioner Mutua Kisilu who supervised the exercise, they were seeking more suspects in relation to the incident.
“We have managed to burn down bhang worth over Sh81m that was recovered by our officers last week following a raid in a section of Kedong farm,” he said.
He expressed his concern that the illegal trade could have been going on without the knowledge of area residents and leaders.
“We believe that there is a major cartel involved in this illegal trade and we shall not rest until we arrest and charge them in court,” he said.
Kisilu added that plans were for an aerial survey over the vast ranch that runs between Mai Mahiu and Narok road to establish if there were other plantations.
The senior government officer added that the bhang had been planted in a one-acre plantation with nearby caves used to dry it.
The commissioner at the same time expressed his concern over an increase in school unrest noting that use of bhang could be the main cause.
He added that the area security committee was investigating some kiosks around schools over the sale of cakes laced with drugs.
“We have information that some of the kiosks around schools are selling cakes that are laced with drugs and we have collected samples and sent them to the government chemist for tests,” he said.
Kisilu challenged members of the public to volunteer information over the use of bhang among youths which was on the rise mainly around estates.