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Badru Abdul Aziz Saleh

Badru Abdul Aziz Saleh, was a suspected drug lord wanted in the United States for trafficking heroin. In May of 2022 he was arrested by the Kenya security agencies.

Saleh was arrested in Liboi, Garissa County, as he attempted to cross into Somalia, days after the Director of criminal

Investigations (DCI) George Kinoti and Mr Eric Kneedler, the Chargé d’Affaires at the US Embassy in Nairobi, displayed his image and that of his accomplice Abdi Hussein Ahmed to the

public calling for information leading to their an-est and announcing a Sh 100 million bounty on each of their heads.

Court papers show Saleh was s a member of the Kromah Network in Kenya, international rhino horns, ivory and drug trafficking syndicate with a presence in Kenya, Uganda, Somalia

and Senegal. He has been wanted for his role in smuggling heroin into the United States on different occasions and through accomplices, in Nail’0bi and neighbouring countries Although Ahmed is still on the run, the arrest of Saleh shows that much can be achieved when local security agencies in collaboration with their international counterparts to fight modern and complex crimes in the country and abroad.

The acknowledgement by the US Embassy that a tip-off from members of the public led to the fugitive’s arrest also demonstrates that the country can achieve a lot with more law-abiding citizens ‘collaboration in the fight against crime.

The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime had reports of growing trafficking in heroin, cocaine, cannabis (bhang) and Amphetamine Stimulants into and through the East African region.

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