East Africa is a key transit hub for drugs destined for Europe and the United States, contributing about $10 billion to the over $322 billion global drug market business.
Kenya is a major trafficking hub in this illicit trade. In 2016, the UNODC (UN Office on Drugs and Crime) warned that heroin addiction appears to be on the rise in the country, particularly along the Coast.
It added that “Only a tiny fraction of the drugs believed to transit in and through Kenya is seized by authorities. Arrests rarely lead to convictions. When convictions occur in Kenya, they are of lower level couriers and distributors.”
The heroine comes from Afghanistan and gets to Kenya via Pakistan. Dangerous drugs such as heroin, cocaine and meths recorded a 12% jump in 2014 over the previous year, according to an Annual Crime Report by the Kenya Police. In the 2015 report, the incidence of dangerous drugs went up by 14% over the previous year.