Abdi Hussein Ahmed, alias Abu Khadi, a suspect wanted in the United States for wildlife and drug trafficking, was on Saturday night extradited to the U.S to answer to his crimes.
Abdi Husein was extradited following orders issued by Hon Roseline Aganyo at the Milimani Chief Magistrate's Court on August 31, 2022, pursuant to provisions of Section 8 of the extradition act.
Ahmed is wanted in the U.S after he was charged in an indictment alongside Moazu Kromah, Amara Cherif, and Mansur Mohamed Surur for participating in a conspiracy to traffic in Rhinoceros horns and Elephant ivory, both protected wildlife species, valued at more than $7 million.
This involved the illegal poaching of more than 35 rhinoceros and more than 100 elephants.
Their indictment followed a joint investigation by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), where a federal grand jury in the Southern District of New York charged Ahmed and his other co-conspirators with conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute one kilogram or more of heroin, which carries a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years imprisonment.
The suspect was arrested by detectives from the serious crimes unit on August 3, 2022, in an early morning raid in Maua, Meru County, Eastern Kenya, where he was staying in a rented room.
"Earlier, the detectives had received information regarding his location through the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) anonymous hotline, 0800 722 203 and moved with speed to arrest the suspect," said the DCI.
Ahmed's arrest follows the arrest of his accomplice Badru Abdul Aziz Salehon on May 31, one week after a reward of $1 million was announced by the U.S. Department of State through the Transnational Organized Crime Rewards Program (TOCRP) for information leading to the arrest and/or conviction of Abdi Hussein Ahmed, for participating in transnational organized crime, i.e. narcotics trafficking.©Standard Gazette, 2021. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this site’s publisher is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Standard Gazette with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.