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September 24, 2017

War on drugs intensified as police arrest wanted drug baron's accomplice

Musa Athman Kibiringe who was handcuffed after presenting himself to DCI headquarters, February 17, 2017. /ELKANA JACOB
Musa Athman Kibiringe who was handcuffed after presenting himself to DCI headquarters, February 17, 2017. /ELKANA JACOB

Detectives are now hunting for a known drug baron whose main interests are in Diani at the south Coast.

The suspect, identified as Stephen Bosire, reportedly supplies large amounts of narcotics from neighbouring countries.

Musa Kibiringe, one of his close allies, was handcuffed upon presenting himself at DCI headquarters in Nairobi.

An police, who sought anonymity, said Kabiringe was called in on a friendly matter.

"We tricked him. He was on our radar. We suspect he was at Bosire's residence when we raided the house in January," the source said.

"He will be held at JKIA police station and will appear in a Nairobi court on Monday," the source added.

When contacted by the Star, police offered no further comment on the arrest.

Bosire is said to be a close ally of recently arrested suspected drug baron Swaleh Yusuf Ahmed, also known as Kandrain.

He was in possession of 15 kilogrammes of heroin worth Sh170 million, as well as Sh18.4 million in cash.

Swaleh was apprehended alongside his wife Asmah Abdallah, and other accomplices: Rashid Athman, Athman Salim and Farida Omar.

More on this: [VIDEO] Five more suspected drug barons arrested, Sh18m cash, Sh170m heroin found

The crackdown was carried out by detectives who were behind the arrest and extradition of four suspected drug traffickers to the US.

Baktash (40) and Ibrahim Akasha (28) and foreigners Vijay Goswami (Indian) and Hussein Shabakash (Pakistani) were flown to New York on January 31.

They were arrested in Mombasa for conspiracy to smuggle heroin and methamphetamine into the United States.

Kenyan authorities have arrested more than eight drug barons in renewed efforts against drug dealing, especially at the Coast.

They have been working with agencies including the United States Drugs Enforcement Administration.

US authorities say Baktash is the leader of an organised crime family in Kenya, responsible for the production and distribution of narcotics in the country and across Africa.

More on this: [VIDEO] Akasha sons, two foreigners extradited to US - police source

Also read: The fall of the Akasha empire?

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