U.S. government $1m bounty on two Kenyan drug lords

The U.S. government offers a price of up to $1 million to anyone who will provide information that may lead to the arrest of two dangerous suspects, Abdi Hussein Ahmed and Badru Abdulaziz Saleh, wanted for trading ivory and narcotics.

This was announced in a joint briefing by the United States Charge' d' Affaires H.E Eric W. Kneedler and the Director DCI, Mr George Kinoti, on Thursday, May 26, 2022, at the DCI headquarters, Nairobi.

The two Suspects, Abdi Hussein Ahmed and Badru Abdulaziz Saleh, had conspired with one Mandir Mohamed Suhur on several occasions between December 2012 and May 2019 to transport, distribute and smuggle 190 Kilograms of rhinoceros horns and 10 tonnes of elephant ivory from different countries in Africa, including Kenya, to the United States.

U.S. government $1m bounty on two Kenyan drug lords
U.S. government $1m bounty on two Kenyan drug lords

The trio were also involved in the transportation and distribution of 1 Kilogram of Heroin from Kenya to the United States.

The three were on June 14, 2019, indicted by the US Southern District Court of New York. This was shortly followed by a Red Notice issued by INTERPOL regarding Suhur Mansur Mohamed and Ahmed Abdi Hussein.

One of the suspects, Badru Abdulaziz Saleh, was nabbed in Kenya by DCI detectives on June 11, 2019, at the Busia border. He was then transported to Nairobi and later arraigned before Jomo Kenyatta International Airport Law Court. Badru was, on July 12, 2019, granted bail of Ksh 200,000 and compelled to report every fortnight to the detectives. He did so until December 2019, when he was last seen.

Before Badru's arrest in June 2019, the trio had narrowly escaped a coordinated undercover operation carried out jointly by U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and DCI Anti-Narcotics Sensitive Investigation Unit in December 2018 aimed at arresting them.

"In this regard, we seek to collaborate with public members to bring the suspects to justice. Should you have the information required for their arrest, kindly contact us through our toll-free number 0800722203 or the U.S. Embassy Nairobi through +18443978477," said the Directorate of Criminal Investigations.

During the briefing, Mr Kinoti also acknowledged the longstanding partnership that the DCI has had with the United States law enforcement agencies. He said that it is through such collaborations that Intelligence and Information sharing had led to our institutions' strengthened partnership to effectively disrupt the criminal networks.

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