Kenyan with Sh119.9m bounty wanted in US over poaching extradition case
August 31, 2022
Mr Abdi Hussein Ahmed, a Kenyan wanted in the United States (US) for
wildlife and drug trafficking will this morning be presented before a city
court after his arrest in Meru early this month.
Mr Ahmed had a bounty of up to Sh119.9 million ($1 million) for his capture
and was arrested by detectives in a rented room in Maua, Meru county, where
he has been hiding. Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) said the
fugitive was arrested after a tipoff.
The Director of Public Prosecutions Noordin Haji will present him in court
where extradition proceedings will commence. He is wanted in the US to face
His accomplice, Badru Abdul Aziz Saleh was arrested in May and has since
been extradited to the US.
Mr Ahmed was indicted by a US court alongside Moazu Kromah, aka “Ayoub,”
aka “Ayuba,” aka “Kampala Man;” Amara Cherif, aka “Bamba Issiaka;” and
Mansur Mohamed Surur, aka “Mansour,” for participating in a conspiracy to
traffic in Rhinoceros horns and Elephant ivory, both protected wildlife
species, valued at more than ShSh839.3 million ($7 million).
The suspects were involved in the illegal poaching of more than 35
rhinoceros and more than 100 elephants. Their indictment followed a joint
investigation of the US Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) and the Drug
Enforcement Administration (DEA).
They are alleged to have distributed and possessed with intent to
distribute one kilogram or more of heroin which carries a mandatory minimum
sentence of 10 years imprisonment.
In June, Mansur, also a Kenyan pleaded guilty to poaching charges before a
New York court and his accomplices made Sh864.8 million in seven years from
the illegal sale of ivory and rhinoceros horns.
Mansur pleaded guilty to conspiring to traffic in rhinoceros horns and
elephant ivory, both endangered wildlife species, which involved the
illegal poaching of more than approximately 35 rhinocerous and more than
The Kenyan who was extradited to the USA in January, admitted to one count
of conspiracy to commit wildlife trafficking, which carries a maximum
sentence of five years in prison and another count of conspiracy to
distribute and possess, with intent to distribute, one kg or more of
heroin, which carries a maximum sentence of life in prison.
Documents from the Manhattan federal court showed that Mr Surur and his
accomplices- Liberian Moazu Kromah and Amara Cherif from Guinea made at
least Sh397.3 million from the sale of 190 kgs of rhino horns and Sh467.5
million from the approximately 10 tonnes of trafficked ivory.
“In total, the estimated average retail value of the rhinoceros horn
involved in the conspiracy was at least approximately Sh407.66 million
($3.4 million), and the estimated average retail value of the elephant
ivory involved in the conspiracy was at least approximately $4 million,” Mr
Damian Williams, US attorney for the Southern District of New York, in a
A trade involving endangered or threatened species is a violation of the
Kenyan and US laws, as well as international treaties.