Kenyan refugee needed for wildlife, drug trafficking arrested

NAIROBI, KENYA – One of two Kenyans needed for alleged involvement in wildlife and drug trafficking has been arrested in a joint US-Kenyan operation. The US authorities had introduced a reward for info resulting in the arrest of Badru Abdul Aziz Saleh.

U.S. officers mentioned Kenya’s safety companies acquired a tip from the general public that led to the arrest of Saleh on Monday in Liboi, Garissa county. An embassy assertion mentioned U.S. and Kenyan regulation enforcement officers collaborated to apprehend Saleh.

Another suspect, Abdi Hussein Ahmed, stays at giant.

On Thursday, the United States introduced rewards of as much as $ 1 million every for info that led to the arrest, prosecution and sentencing of the 2 Kenyans.

Eric W. Kneedler, chargé d’affaires on the US embassy in Nairobi, mentioned Monday’s arrest of Saleh “wouldn’t have been doable with out public assist. He appealed for info resulting in Ahmed’s arrest.

Saleh stays in police custody in Nairobi and is predicted to be extradited to the United States

Saleh was arrested again in 2019 for drug smuggling, however launched on bail, in accordance with the U.S. State Department. A press release mentioned he was a refugee with an excellent arrest warrant. A federal grand jury in New York indicted him in 2021.

Saleh and Ahmed have been accused of transporting, distributing and smuggling 190 kilos of rhinoceros horn and 10 tonnes of elephant ivory from numerous African nations.

They must also have been concerned within the transportation and distribution of 10 kg of heroin from Kenya to the United States.

If convicted, they might each resist 10 years in jail within the United States

In March, Kenya launched a monetary toolkit to assist fight the wildlife commerce.

By Mohammed Yusuf

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