An international fugitive wanted in the United States for drug trafficking has been extradited to face trial.
Badru Abdul Aziz Saleh, 46, was deported on Thursday evening, DCI George Kinoti has said.
WANTED DRUGS SUSPECT EXTRADITED TO THE UNITED STATES
Badru Abdul Aziz Saleh, an international fugitive wanted in the United States for trafficking in narcotics was last night extradited to the United States to face trial. The extradition of the 46-year-old suspect follows pic.twitter.com/baCtEXvbmy
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When he appeared in court last week, Aziz, who was nabbed last month while attempting to exit the country via Liboi, did not object to the extradition charges.
Aziz was apprehended after a tip off from members of the public, just days after the US Embassy’s Charge d’affaires Eric W. Kneedler and the Director of Criminal Investigations George Kinoti offered a Sh233 million reward for him and his accomplice Abdi Hussein Ahmed.
Abdi has yet to be apprehended.
Aziz had been held in Nairobi since his arrest. Detectives interviewed him about his involvement in a transnational organized crime network that traffics rhino horns, elephant tusks, and heroine across borders in East and West Africa.
Kenya, Uganda, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Guinea, Mozambique, Senegal, and Tanzania are among the countries involved.
According to court records, the goods were shipped disguised as works of art, such as African masks and statues, to buyers in the United States and Southeast Asia who would wire money or pay cash.
Moazu Kromah, 52, of Liberia, Amara Cherif, 57, of Guinea, and Mansur Surur, 62, of Kenya, were extradited and pled guilty before a New York court on March 30, April 27, and June 1, respectively.
The rhino horns sold through their network are estimated to be worth $3.4 million, while the elephant ivory implicated has a retail value of $4 million, in addition to more than 10 kilos of heroin.
According to court filings, some rhino horns were intercepted while on their way to a customer in Manhattan on March 16, 2018, and another set was intercepted on July 17, 2018.
Surur also conspired with others in August of the same year to distribute and possess with the intent to deliver a substantial quantity of heroin to a buyer in New York.
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