Police in Mombasa have recovered over 300 cartons of assorted pharmaceutical drugs worth about Sh 8 million believed to have been stolen while en-route to Nairobi.
Coast Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) boss Pius Macharia said the medicines were recovered from a warehouse in Miritini area where they were hidden after being stolen from a lorry that was transporting them it a container.
Maharia said the drugs were stolen on February 1, after the truck driver was attacked and reportedly drugged.
“We got a tip from members of the public that a certain house in the area was acting as a store for items suspected to have been stolen and we raided the said house and recovered various types of drugs,” he said.
He said the consignment was imported from India and offloaded at the port of Mombasa.
The said the theft incident took place at Taru area while the medicines were being transported from Mombasa to Nairobi.
“A driver who was transporting the medicines from here to Nairobi earlier this month, is said to have been drugged and once he lost consciousness, the medicines were all stolen. zhe eventually reported the matter to Maungu police station and we have been investigating the matter since then when a breakthrough on the whereabouts came in,” said Macharia.
He said that no one has been arrested in connection to the recovery of the medicines but said that police were still following leads that could help in arrest of the owner of the said store.
Stickers on the boxes indicate that the medicines were packed at Unisource Pharma Limited.
Among medication in the consignment was Thermodol, a painkiller manufactured in November 2016 and expiring in October 2018.