Kenyan police nabs drug trafficker in Mombasa

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Kenya's police on Friday arrested a suspected drug trafficker at Moi International Airport in the coastal City of Mombasa with heroin valued at more than 100,000 U.S. dollars.

The Kenyan man, identified as Mohamed Jibril Ali, 51, had concealed the drugs in his shoe soles when he was arrested on Thursday night.

Mombasa County Commander Peterson Maelo said Ali was traveling to Dubai and was about to board a Rwandese air plane when he was detected.

"We arrested the suspect at the airport's inspection section. He is under investigation to establish the source of the narcotics," Maelo said.

Maelo said anti narcotic detectives have taken over the case and handed over the drug sample to the government chemist for further analysis.

He said the suspect will be arraigned in court once the investigation is completed. The latest arrest comes after police officers at the airport arrested an Ivorian woman and seized similar drugs that had been concealed in her bags.

The 28-year-old woman was traveling to Ivory Coast with the drugs before she was intercepted by detectives. President Uhuru Kenyatta has declared war on drug putting drug baron on notice.

He spoke days after the extradition four drug barons from Kenya to the United States to face drug-trafficking charges.

The sons of slain drug baron Ibrahim Akasha and two others arrived in New York early this week after they were secretly extradited from Kenya to the United States.

Baktash and Ibrahim Akasha and foreigners Vijay Goswami (Indian) and Hussein Shabakash (Pakistani) have been charged with "participating in a massive global drug trafficking enterprise."

Prosecutors believe that the cartel may have been the biggest supplier of cocaine to the New York City area for a decade or longer.

The charges carry a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years in prison and a maximum sentence of life in prison. Endit

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