Man arrested with heroin worth Ksh10m in Mombasa


Man arrested with heroin worth Ksh10m in Mombasa

Police in Mombasa have arrested a suspected drug dealer with heroin worth over Ksh10 million at the Moi International Airport.

According to Mombasa County Commander Peterson Maelo, the drugs were concealed in the sports shoes he was wearing.

Maelo also confirmed that the suspect, who is currently being interrogated by officers from the anti-narcotic division, was on his way to Dubai.

This comes just days after the government extradited two sons of slain drug baron Ibrahim Akasha and two foreigners to the US to face drug-related charges for directing a heroin trafficking ring from Mombasa.

Sources indicate that Baktash Akasha and his brother Ibrahim, together with Gulam Hussein and Vijaygiri Goswami were flown to the US after they were arrested on Saturday in Nyali, Mombasa County by anti-terror police officers.

The suspects were out on bail after being charged with engaging in a fight at a popular club in Nyali three weeks ago.

The US Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) spent years infiltrating the “Akasha organisation,” which it alleges is a major smuggling operation connecting the poppy fields of Afghanistan to the cities of Europe and the United States.

This is after the extradition proceedings against the two sons Ibrahim Abdalah Akasha and their two accomplices becgan on May 26th, 2016.

Mombasa Chief Magistrate Julius Nang’ea issued the orders after defence lawyers and Assistant Director of Public Prosecution Alex Muteti agreed on the date.

This has been delayed by numerous applications by the defence, including more than 10 adjournments since the suspects were arraigned in court two years ago.

In 2014, Baktash and Abdalla Akasha were among four suspects arrested in Nyali over their alleged involvement in the trafficking of 98 heroin packets in a house in Nairobi.

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