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Trafficking: US offers Ksh233M bounty for two Kenyan fugitives

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The Director of Criminal Investigations Director George Kinoti has issued a warrant of arrest for two fugitive drug barons wanted in the United States for drugs and wildlife trafficking. 

The two fugitives Badru Abdul Aziz Saleh and Abdi Hussein Ahmed are wanted for conspiracy to smuggle at least 190 kg of rhinoceros horns, at least ten tons of elephant ivory valued at more than $7 million and distribution of approximately 10kg of heroin.

At the same time, the United States has announced rewards of up to $1 million each for information leading to the arrest and or conviction of two fugitives for the violation of US narcotics and wildlife trafficking laws.

“The two fugitives are major violators of U.S. narcotics and wildlife trafficking laws and are wanted for their alleged involvement in an international organized criminal network that trafficked wildlife from Africa and sought to traffic illicit drugs to the United States,” said the US embassy in Kenya.

While giving a joint statement, Kinoti lauded the collaborative approach between Kenya and the US which he said has been key in dismantling criminal networks.

“As we harmonize our efforts to curb these transnational organized crimes, the DCI acknowledges the longstanding partnership that we have had with the United States law enforcement agencies. It is through such collaboration that intelligence and information sharing has led to our Institutions strengthened to effectively disrupt the criminal networks: said the DCI.

Badru Abdul Aziz Saleh was arrested at Busia border point in June 2019 but disappeared after posting bail.

Eric W. Kneedler, Chargé d’Affaires a.i., Embassy of the United States of America said eradicating drug and wildlife trafficking are priorities of the Biden Administration.

“We are grateful for the continued partnership of the Government of Kenya to capture and arrest members of these criminal networks,” he said

The reward is offered by the United States (U.S. Department of State, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration) with the full support of the Kenyan National Police Service.

Individuals with information on the fugitive’s whereabouts are asked to contact the Fish and Wildlife Service at +1-844-FWS-TIPS or +1-844-397-8477 or email [email protected], or the Kenyan Directorate of Criminal Investigations Hotline at +254(0)800722203.

 

“Eradicating drug and wildlife trafficking are priorities of the Biden Administration.  We are grateful for the continued partnership of the Government of Kenya to capture and arrest members of these criminal networks” said Eric W. Kneedler, Chargé d’Affaires a.i., Embassy of the United States of America, Nairobi.

The reward is offered by the United States (U.S. Department of State, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration) with the full support of the Kenyan National Police Service.

Individuals with information on the fugitive’s whereabouts are asked to contact the Fish and Wildlife Service at +1-844-FWS-TIPS or +1-844-397-8477 or email [email protected], or the Kenyan Directorate of Criminal Investigations Hotline at +254(0)800722203.

 





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