Kenyan President supervised scuttling of cargo ship including 371 kg heroine
Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta on Aug 29, 2014, proudly gave an order to Kenyan Defence Forces to destroy the "Amin Darya" and 370,8 kg heroine at the center of a record heroin bust in July. The "Amin Darya" was seized July 15 at the port of Mombasa after authorities were tipped off that the vessel may have been carrying drugs. Authorities eventually found a reported 341 kg of heroin stashed in the diesel tank of the vessel. The seizure was hailed as the biggest single seizure of drugs ever at the port. A total of nine suspects were arrested as result of the bust, including six Pakistanis, two Indians and an Iranian. One man died onboard the vessel shortly after its arrival in Mombasa.
President Kenyatta was on-hand to view the destruction of the ship from the air. The drugs were also destroyed with the ship. Kenyatta hoped that the public destruction of the ship will send a message to those looking to smuggle drugs into Kenya. The vessel was towed into the open sea by tugs under heavy guard with helicopters hovering above and escorted by three naval vessels "Umoja", "Nyayo" and the new "Jasiri" for the destruction and sank at 4.20 p.m. on a water depth of 500 meters afte r400 explosives blew up.
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The "Tokitae" was taken out of service Sunday in the morning of Aug 31, 2014, so crews could make necessary repairs to the vessel. As of 11:30 a.m., there was a 2-hour wait for vehicles at the Mukilteo terminal. The Tokitae was back in service starting with the noon sailing, but delays would likely continue due to heavy traffic and earlier single boat service.