Tuesday 4/4/2017, anti-narcotics police unit at the coast deported three Italian fugitives who are one Interpol watch list over drugs and criminal related offenses.
The three identified as Mario Mele, Alberto Fulvio and Stefano Poli who have been on Interpol’s Red Notice, were handed over to Italian authorities in Malindi and deported to their home country.
The three were among twelve suspects arrested in Mombasa during a joint security operation last week where, two pistols and 25 9mm bullets and two vehicles – a grey Toyota Ractis (KCG 021P) and a white Toyota Fielder (KBZ 152f) were seized.
Also 11,220 Euros, $4,500, Sh952,935 in notes and coins, seven 3kg packets of a substance believed to be heroin, 136 sachets also believed to be of heroin, fake $36,100 and fake Sh516,000 notes were recovered.
Hamis Massa, the Head of Anti-Narcotics Police Unit confirmed the suspects were handed over to Italian authorities for deportation.
Coast regional police commander Philip Tuimur said last Friday that the Italians’ deportation would send the strong message that Kenya is not a safe haven for criminals.
The war on drugs at the Coast has seen the arrest and deportation of suspects including the Akasha brothers and their accomplices to New York. Others include Vijay Goswami (Indian) and Hussein Shabakash (Pakistani) deported on January 31 to face charges related to running a drug trafficking syndicate.
The coastal region has been grappling with challenge of drug trafficking with President Uhuru Kenyatta issuing a directive for security agencies to crackdown on drug cartels to their last element.