A member of Mombasa County Assembly (MCA) was on Monday arrested after he was suspected to be connected to drug trafficking at the Coast region.

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Bofu Ward Representative Ahmed Salama alias Bulldozer was arrested in Likoni in an operation that was started, targeting politicians and businessmen suspected to be behind the illegal trade of narcotics.

The MCA's arrest comes a day after Interior Cabinet Secretary Dr Fred Matiang'i declared a war against the vice during his Sunday meeting with politicians and security team that was held in Mombasa.

Surprisingly, the arrested MCA was among politicians who attended the CS's Sunday meeting.

“He took the officers to all his houses after recording the statement. He was later taken to the police headquarters,” a police source told Nation on Monday evening.

Mombasa Police Commander Johnston Ipara who later addressed the press in Nyali Constituency said the MCA was arrested after a report which linked him to drugs trafficking.

Ipara said the MCA will be arraigned this Tuesday.

Earlier, police seized 147 rolls of bhang, 42 sachets of heroin and 742 tables of Rohypnol commonly known as 'bugizi'.

So far at least 18 people have been arrested since the crackdown started, including a police officer commanding station (OCS) in Lamu who was on Monday arrested after a drug trafficking suspect was also released under unclear circumstances.