Police in Kenya are holding three Cameroonians found in possession of foreign currency amounting to ksh37billion ($350 million).
The three Paulin Francis Proper, Njikam Omar and Job Kentong were nabbed on Monday evening by Kenya’s Directorate Criminal of Investigations (DCI) detectives in Ruiru, central Kenya.
Police said the fake currency was in US Dollars and Pounds denominations.
During the operations, the sleuths recovered one Glock pistol and 28 rounds of 9mm calibre. They also found more than 250 kilograms of fake gold nuggets and gold bars.
The DCI said that Proper and Omar are in Kenya illegally, and the third suspect, Kentong has a refugee identity card.
Detailed investigations disclosed that the firearm belonged to a fourth suspect, Loise Kaguongo, who held it illegally since her firearm license had expired.
“She (the fourth suspect) operates over 10 mobile money outlets and detectives believe that she is the link between the suspects and a wider criminal syndicate that is defrauding unsuspecting members of the public,” said DCI.
Their arrests come barely a week after Police in Nairobi’s Kilimani estate arrested two Kenyans, Samuel Maina and Boniface Mungai, while in possession of ksh750 million ($6.9 million) fake currency.
The fake money recovered were in US Dollars, Euros and Kenya shillings.
Police recovered chemicals and fake badges bearing the names of UN, National Treasury and De La Rue.
The detectives also recovered bags, machines, two bottles and a jerrycan containing an unknown liquid, assorted documents, customs reflector jackets, stickers and stamps for various offices.©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.