116 Million Shillings Reward: Kenyan Fugitive Badru Saleh Arrested After DCI Denunciation

A poster of captured fugitive Badru Abdul Aziz Saleh. [US Embassy].

A Kenyan national wanted by the United States for alleged drug and wildlife trafficking has been apprehended following a tip-off to the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI).

Badru Abdul Aziz Saleh was captured following a multi-agency effort by US and local law enforcement on Monday, just four days after the US State Department announced a reward of 116 million shillings (1 million dollars) for information leading to his arrest.

According to the US Embassy, ​​Saleh was at large alongside another Kenyan, Abdi Hussein Ahmed, who is still at large, for his alleged involvement in an international organized criminal network that trafficked in wildlife from Africa and sought to smuggle illicit drugs into the United States.

Wanted fugitive Abdi Hussein Ahmed. [US Embassy]

The two allegedly conspired to distribute around 10 kilograms of heroin, tonnes of ivory valued at more than 817 million shillings ($7 million) and smuggled 190 kg of rhino horn.

“We welcome the news of the capture of Aziz Saleh. This would not have been possible without the support of the public. Abdi Hussein Ahmed is still there, and I continue to appeal to the public for information leading to his arrest,” said Eric Kneedler, U.S. Embassy’s acting charge d’affaires.

Speaking about the hunt for Saleh and Ahmed on May 26, Kneedler praised efforts to combat wildlife and drug trafficking, saying the United States and Kenya will continue to work together to combat transnational crimes affecting both countries. .

“Eradicating drug and wildlife trafficking is a priority of the Biden administration. We are grateful for the Government of Kenya’s continued partnership in capturing and arresting members of these criminal networks,” Kneedler said.

Saleh is in custody in Nairobi.

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