United States Presents Kenyan National Police Service with Vehicles to Counter Drug Trafficking
The U.S. Department of State’s Bureau for International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) presented the Kenyan National Police Service’s Anti-Narcotics Formal Vetted Unit, a specialized division responsible for fighting drug trafficking in Kenya, with six vehicles. The vetted unit, supported by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), targets major drug trafficking organizations in Kenya which impact the lives of Kenyans as well as people globally. The donated vehicles will greatly enhance Kenyan efforts to target illegal drug trafficking.
When donating the INL-funded vehicles, U.S. Ambassador to Kenya Robert F. Godec emphasized the importance of law enforcement cooperation between the United States and Kenya in addressing drug trafficking and the destructive effect it has on the citizens of both countries. The cooperation happens through drug interdiction, anti-corruption efforts and concentration on tackling transnational organized crime as well as other violent crimes.
Through a formal Memorandum of Understanding between the U.S. Embassy in Nairobi and the Government of Kenya, the DEA provides equipment and mentorship to the unit, and works in concert with Kenyan colleagues to tackle drug trafficking. To date, the collaboration has resulted in several successful investigations, including naval interdiction of heroin in the waters of Kenya and the arrest of several significant drug traffickers operating in Mombasa.