Pubdate: Tue, 30 Mar 2004
Source: East African Standard, The (Kenya)
Copyright: 2004 The East African Standard
Author: Dominic Wabala


Nairobi -- A kingpin in the international drug trade, nicknamed 
"President", has been operating in Kenya, we can reveal.

Investigators busted the intricate network of the Cameroonian, whose base 
is in Dubai, when they raided a popular nightspot in the city last week. 
The man is said to be one of the world's dreaded drug lords.

Police are holding several people, including the drug baron's wife. 
However, "President" was not arrested during the raid, having travelled to 
Dubai a week earlier.

Today, top-of-the range red-roofed vehicles, which his foot-runners use, 
are lined up at the CID headquarters, where they were towed following the bust.

They are painted a glowing red to allow his "supervisors" and, where 
necessary, himself to monitor the consignments' movement on road from a 
small plane.

The man simply goes by the name, "President", - a name commensurate with 
his status as a continental chief of a hideous and vicious drug network 
operating from Kenya - a country which raises little suspicion because 
consumption and trade in the product pales in comparison with the other 
larger economies on the continent.

His network runs its activities from a chain of flats bearing his first 
name in Hurlingham area, near a high commission.

The drug baron's Kenyan wife was married to him after another of the 
Cameroonian's concubines was arrested by the Anti-Narcotics Unit detectives 
at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in 2001 with 29.8 kilograms of 

She was arrested two weeks ago along with 20 foreigners during raids on 
several hotels and night clubs in the city in an operation conducted by 
detectives from the CID headquarters' Criminal Intelligence division.

International drug trade investigators have shifted the spotlight to Kenya 
following the shocking bust and fears that the country could be Africa's 
drug-trafficking nerve centre.

The bust baffled even the investigators involved because of its monstrosity 
and the superb network - right under the nose of international surveillance 
under the United Nations Drugs Control Programme in Nairobi.

The bust brings fears that Kenya could have become the drug-trafficking 
conduit to Africa from the Golden Triangle and Goldenn Crescent - made up 
of Burma, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Mianma and Thailand.

The bust climaxed with a night raid on popular entertainment spots in 
Nairobi and increased surveillance on foreigners living in Kenya.

That is when the investigators blew the cover on the network of one of the 
world's dreaded kingpins.

A "fat file' of suspected drug traffickers employed by the drug baron, 
whose contacts and clients traverse the whole continent, has also been 
impounded. All the traffickers who, police have established, are West 
Africans were invited to Kenya by the Cameroonian, who also processed their 
visa applications.

The detectives who raided the drug baron's residence have impounded ten 
vehicles suspected to be among a fleet of cars that transport caches of 
heroin and cocaine to various destinations both within and outside the country.

Sources privy to the investigations revealed that one of the vehicles found 
in the Cameroonian drug baron's compound and which was later impounded 
belongs to a prominent Narc politician.

Preliminary investigations have established that the drug baron monitors 
their movement in a light aircraft hired from Wilson Airport.

The vehicles, which are registered in different names, were later towed to 
the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) headquarters where they are 
being detained under tight security as detectives from the Investigations 
Bureau pore over their logbooks.

" President" is said to have locked all the vehicles and travelled to Dubai 
with the keys. Detectives suspect that caches of either heroin or cocaine 
might be stashed in the vehicles.

So far, detectives have discovered that one of the vehicles bares a fake 

The detectives are looking for four other vehicles, also painted red on the 
roof, also used by the drug baron to transport drugs.

A CID source revealed that the crackdown on drug traffickers in the country 
has been stepped up after detectives established that drug barons were 
getting involved in violent crime, including hiring of hit squads.

Detectives hope to arrest the drug baron when he travels back to the 
country but if he doesn't Interpol might be requested to track down and 
arrest him.