The Directorate of Criminal Investigation has arrested notorious drug trafficker, Tom Ouma Aero.
Aero arrested in Utawala
Through co-ordinantion with the Narcotics Unit, TransNational Organised Crime Unit (TOCU), and the Special Service Unit (SSU), the detectives arrested Aero in Utawala.
“Tom Ouma Aero, notorious drug trafficker who has been operating with impunity was today arrested by a combined team of DCI Kenya, Transnational Organized Crime Unit (TOCU), Special Service Unit (SSU) and Anti-Narcotics Unit (ANU) detectives from his hideout in Utawala,” The DCI tweeeted the news late Saturday evening.
Bhang worth ksh 11 million
The detectives arrested Aero in connection with bhang valued at Ksh 11 million.
“His arrest was in connection with with the seizure of 368.5 kg of cannabis sativa valued at Ksh 11 million from motor vehicle registriation number KCQ 741V,” The DCI said in a statement.
The detectives intercepted the vehicle along the Nairobi – Nakuru highway on Friday, August 14.
Sponsoring dangerous gangs
The DCI also stated that Aero was the man responsible for sponsoring gangs of violent robbers in Dandora, Korogocho, Huruma, in a bid to protect his business.
The areas named above are hotspots for violent crimes and robberies. They are homes to some of the most notorious and dangerous gangs in Kenya. Many of these gangs seem to be offshoots of the dreaded Mungiki Sect.
In addition to Aero, the police also arrested his two accomplices, Paul Ochieng Otieno and Stephen Wandera Barasa.
The police will now present the three in court on Monday for their charges.
Hub for drug trafficking rings
Kenya has gained a reputation as a hub for many drug trafficking rings.
In fact, the country was recently a feature of the Netflix documentary, The Business of Drugs. In the documentrary, journalists conducted investigations into the business in the country.
The Story featured seasoned investigative journalist, John Allan Namu and looked into how various drugs are sold in the country.