Police have urged revelers in Nairobi and other major towns to be vigilant this festive season after a gang that spikes drinks before stealing from victims relaunched its operations.
The criminals allegedly purchase drugs from chemists without a prescription and go ahead to use them to stupefy unsuspecting revelers in collusion with rogue bartenders.
Standard Digital reports that the criminals mostly use Stilnox 10 mg tablets which are being sold at Sh480 in local chemists while its generic-Nirest or Zolpidem goes for as little as Sh10 and Sh20 per tablet.
Hamisi Masa, head of Anti-Narcotic Police Unit, says revelers should be alert when enjoying their drinks, especially in Nairobi and other major towns.
The criminals pretend to start a conversation with a targeted reveler before lacing their drink with a drug.
Recently, police in Thika town arrested two women suspected to be part of a gang that drugs revelers in clubs before robbing them.
The two were found with Stilnox tablets and SIM cards registered in different names, which they use to withdraw cash from the victims’ Mpesa and bank accounts.
“Detectives working on intelligence arrested two women in Thika for drugging unsuspecting victims before robbing them. Several tablets of Stilnox used to stupefy people in clubs and several SIM cards were recovered,” the DCI said in a tweet.
One of the victims identified as Duncan Githae narrated how he lost Sh13,000 and a Sh79,000 phone. They also borrowed Sh22,000 from his M-Shwari account and an undisclosed amount from his bank account.
The criminals also took off with his car and abandoned it at Kenol town in Murang'a county.