November 3, 2008 / 10:18 AM / 11 years ago

Drugs smugglers break down outside Kenya police base

NAIROBI (Reuters) - Elite Kenyan police who went to help a luxury 4x4 that broke down outside their base were surprised when the occupants took off on foot — until officers took a closer look and found the vehicle loaded with marijuana.

“When the occupants refused assistance and fled, officers became suspicious and searched the vehicle,” finding about $20,000 worth of the drug, Trans Mara police boss Joshua Omukata told The Standard newspaper.

Members of the highly-regarded paramilitary General Service Unit from Keyian camp in the Rift Valley were unable to catch the would-be traffickers.

Marijuana growing is a lucrative option for many poor farmers across fertile east Africa. Trans Mara District is home to the Maasai Triangle, part of the Maasai Mara Game Reserve.

Writing by Daniel Wallis; Editing by Matthew Jones

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