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Mombasa and U.S. security agents arrest 'four top drug suspects'

MOMBASA (Xinhua) -- The Kenyan police and foreign security agents have arrested four suspects, including two sons of slain drug baron Ibrahim Akasha, who are linked to an international drug trafficking syndicate in the United States.

The police said the four were found in possession of 98 packets of heroine.

Police reports indicate that one of the suspects was arrested by the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) agents in collaboration with local security agencies in Nairobi over the weekend.

He was then flown to Mombasa on the request of the U.S. government where he led the agents to the arrest of the other three, among whom are Baktash and Ibrahim Abdalla Akasha.

They also impounded five vehicles, seized documents and mobile phones that they said will help in their investigations.

Kenya’s suspected drug baron Ibrahim Akasha was killed by drug mafias in May 2000.

Mombasa County Commander Robert Kitur on Monday confirmed the arrest of the four, adding they are being interrogated in different police station.

"We have declared total war against drug barons.

"Detectives are holding four suspects a clear indication of the government commitment to deal with drug traffickers," Kitur said.

"We suspect proceeding from narcotic trade are used to fund terrorism activities."

The Kenyan police have filed an application, through the office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP), to continue holding the suspects for 14 days to complete the investigations.

"This is a transitional organized crime involving a syndicate operating Kenya and America.

The network can be dealt effectively through collaboration among international assistance between concerned countries," reads a sworn affidavit by Head of Anti- Narcotic Kenya Hamis Massa.

The detectives believe the four are among those behind the haul of heroine worth over 11.2 million U.S. dollars seized in July in the Kenyan high seas.

The UN has identified East African nations as a drug transport hub for drugs going to Europe from Asia and Middle East. Hardly a month passes without an arrest of drug traffickers at the main airport.

Traffickers have increasingly become smatter because of improved surveillance at the airports and have now resorted to using roads to reach their intended destinations.



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