Coast police arrest 12 drug suspects

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By WINNIE ATIENO
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Drugs worth Sh10 million, two pistols and other items were seized in a major security swoop that led to the arrest of 12 suspected drug traffickers at the Coast.

A contingent of security agencies led by the anti-Narcotics Unit, conducted swoops in different parts of Mombasa this week and arrested eight Kenyans, three Italians and a Mauritius national.

Police also seized Sh2.6 million in cash in different currencies including US dollars, Kenya shillings and Euros and two vehicles.

There were also fake currencies amounting to Sh3,600,000 and Sh516,000.

The Italians Leone Alberto Fulvio, Mario Mele and Stefano Poli were in the Interpol red notice for their involvement in organised crimes.

Mr Filvio, 68, has been on the run since 1993 when he was convicted by an Italian court on drug related charges.

Mr Mele, 56, who was born in Nuoro, Italy, arrived in Kenya in 2012, leaving behind a trial where he was charged with tax evasion and fraudulent bankruptcy amounting to €17 million.

Mr Poli, 70, from Gomo, Italy, arrived in Kenya last year after escaping a 10-year and nine months’ sentence imposed by a court in Milan over fiscal fraud and fraudulent bankruptcy.

He has been living a secretive life, alternating between Mango, Mombasa and Malindi, the Interpol report says.

Speaking to journalists at the Coast police headquarters Mr Tuimur said the three will be deported as soon as possible.

“They were caught with 3kg of heroin and €11,220, US$4500 and Sh952,935. The drugs were in sachets ready for sale,” he said.

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Some of the drugs found in the swoop on suspects. PHOTO | WINNIE ATIENO | NATION MEDIA GROUP

Rogers Alberty (Mauritian national) was arrested in his home in Likoni. Police said he masquerades as a musician and has been recruiting young Kenyans to ferry drugs to Mauritius, Seychelles and Madagascar.

Among the two Kenyan women suspects is Hawa Abdalla, a business woman who owns a salon in Mombasa town. Mr Tuimur said Ms Abdalla has an ongoing court case over her role in the recruitment of drug couriers who ingest narcotic pellets.

“She also bids for tenders in Mombasa and Kwale counties using her company Halsa Solutions Ltd. She recently got a tender to put in 20 guards at the Port of Mombasa and we have every reason to believe she intended to use this as a point of entry for drugs,” said Mr Tumuir. 

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Mr Tuimur added that the other woman, Ms Maimuna Juma Shabaan, alias Muna Ali, is used by the drugs cartel in sourcing and renting safe houses for storage and distribution in the region.

The other most wanted Kenyan drug baron is Bosire Nyaigoti who police termed as the main supplier of heroin from Tanzania, which is consumed in the South Coast. He was found with a pistol and ammunition.

Last week, the regional coordinator Nelson Marwa ordered the arrest of Mr Nyaigoti.

“Mr Bosire is a repeat offender who previously fled from police custody in handcuffs while being taken to police cells,” said Mr Tuimur.

The other suspects are Fredrick Oriema Kumba, alias Kumba, whose main role, according to the police, was transporting heroin from Tanzania through the porous Lunga Lunga border for distribution in Kisauni, Bamburi, Shanzu and Mtwapa.

His Tanzanian associate Masou Bakari Tajiri was picked up at his home in Mwembe Tayari.

Ruwa Mwaruwa and Mwaniki Nyaigoti, who police identified as Mr Bosire’s brothers, collect proceeds from the drug business.

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