- Badru Abdul Aziz Saleh, who had been arrested on Monday May 30th, just kilometres from the Kenya/Somalia border, will not contest his extradition to New York.
- A one million dollar bounty had been put on his head just four days previous through a joint press conference hosted by the U.S. Embassy in Nairobi and the Kenyan Directorate of Criminal Investigation (DCI).
- He was wanted in relation to trafficking 10 kg of heroin to a buyer in New York while working with the leadership of what is commonly known as the West Africa Cartel.
- Four other members of the West Africa Cartel, referred to as “the Enterprise”, by a New York South district court indictment, are also charged with a combination of wildlife trafficking and drug trafficking charges.
- Moazu Kromah, Amara Cherif, and Mansur Surur are presently awaiting sentencing in a New York jail. The fourth accused, Abdi Hussein Ahmed, is still on the loose.
- Badru Abdul Aziz Saleh, was not named in the original indictment and is facing a narcotics trafficking charge only.
Kenyan Wanted in US Badru Aziz Saleh to be Extradited to Face Drug Trafficking Charges
by Eva Nyambura, Kahawa Tungu
June 7th, 2022: A Kenyan who was on the US most-wanted list will be extradited to face drug and wildlife trafficking charges.
When he appeared in court on Monday, Badru Aziz Saleh, who was caught last month while attempting to exit the country via Liboi, did not object to the extradition charges.
Aziz was apprehended after a tip off from members of the public, just days after the US Embassy’s Charge d’affaires Eric W. Kneedler and the Director of Criminal Investigations George Kinoti offered a Sh233 million reward for him and his accomplice Abdi Hussein Ahmed.
Abdi has yet to be apprehended.
Aziz has been held in Nairobi since his arrest. Detectives have been interviewing him about his involvement in a transnational organized crime network that traffics rhino horns, elephant tusks, and heroine across borders in East and West Africa.
Kenya, Uganda, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Guinea, Mozambique, Senegal, and Tanzania are among the countries involved.
According to court records, the goods were shipped disguised as works of art, such as African masks and statues, to buyers in the United States and Southeast Asia who would wire money or pay cash.
Moazu Kromah, 52, of Liberia, Amara Cherif, 57, of Guinea, and Mansur Surur, 62, of Kenya, were extradited and pled guilty before a New York court on March 30, April 27, and June 1, respectively.
The rhino horns sold through their network are estimated to be worth $3.4 million, while the elephant ivory implicated has a retail value of $4 million, in addition to more than 10 kilos of heroin.
According to court filings, some rhino horns were intercepted while on their way to a customer in Manhattan on March 16, 2018, and another set was intercepted on July 17, 2018.
Surur also conspired with others in August of the same year to distribute and possess with the intent to deliver a substantial quantity of heroin to a buyer in New York.
Authorities are still looking for anyone who has information about Hussein’s whereabouts.
For their own protection, the US Department of State’s Transnational Organized Crime is keeping the identity of the bounty recipient a secret.