Nairobi court issues order to extradite drug trafficking suspect to US

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A Kenyan man suspected to be part of an organised crime network trafficking drugs and ivory from Africa to the US will now be taken to the US to face criminal charges.

This is after a Nairobi court ordered the extradition of Abdi Hussein Ahmed alias Abu Khadi who is accused of trafficking drugs and wildlife worth millions of dollars

City Hall court Chief Magistrate Roseline Oganyo issued the extradition order for Ahmed who was arrested in Maua, Meru County after hearing an application filed by the Director of Public Prosecution.

The application sought to surrender Ahmed to the US Authority after the DPP received a written request on the same.

After hearing the application on behalf of the ODPP in the presence of the respondent, the magistrate ruled “I hereby issue order for extradition and surrender of the respondent, Abdi Hussein Ahmed a.k.a “Abu Khadi” from the Republic of Kenya to the United States of America.

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According to the DPP, Ahmed’s accomplice, Badru Abdul Aziz Saleh was arrested as he tried to flee to Somalia in May 2022.

Upon arrest, Saleh was brought to Nairobi before he was extradited to the US.

The extradition request indicated that the two are major violators of the US narcotics and wildlife trafficking laws and are wanted for their alleged involvement in an international organised criminal network that trafficked wildlife from Africa and sought to traffic illicit drugs to the United States.

The court heard that the two conspired to smuggle at least 190 kilograms of rhino horns and 10 tonnes of ivory with an estimated value of Sh 800 million ( USD 7 million).

The Southern District Court of New York indicted the suspects in June 2019 and a red notice was issued by Interpol. 

A USD 1 million reward was issued by the US government for anyone who would give information leading to Ahmed’s arrest/conviction.