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.
police said the four were found in possession of 98 packets of
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
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,"
"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.