• Police from Special Crimes Unit raided a hideout acting on a public tip-off, gang leader escaped.
• Rolls of bhang, sachets of buguzi, knives, machetes, police attire, fake car number plates and other items recovered.
Police on Thursday arrested 30 youths and recovered narcotics and weapons during a raid on gang dens in Mwembe Tayari, Mombasa.
Special crime detectives raided a hideout and made the arrests. A drugs crackdown is ongoing in Mombasa and the larger Coast.
Central OCS Lingole Julius said other gang members including their leader identified as Toli are being sought.
Several rolls of bhang, sachets of buguzi, knives, pangas, police uniforms, fake car number plates, among other items, were seized.
Police sources said many of those arrested were members of Wakali Kwanza gang based in Kisauni.
On Tuesday, three youths were caught on CCTV camera robbing residents in Old Town.
Another gang leader, Abdalla Mbugo, who has just come from Hindi Prison after serving a two-year term, is in charge of the Old Town gang.
Police are looking for other gang members caught in the surveillance camera. They include Mbavu Nono, Hassano and Chui.
The crackdown comes days after Kizingitini OCS Shadrack Mumo was arrested for allegedly receiving a Sh50,000 bribe to release bhang belonging to a wanted Lamu drug kingpin.
Two police officers from Manyani Prison were recently interdicted after being caught on camera hiding cocaine in the toilet.
The drug crackdown intensifies even the country awaits sentencing of the Baktash and Ibrahim Akasha in New York on August 16 and November 8 respectively.
Edited by R.Wamochie