A stealth operation by DCI’s Transnational Organized Crime detectives led to the arrest of three suspects of Money Laundering, at an apartment in Nairobi’s Kileleshwa area.
During the operation conducted yesterday evening, three suspects were found with assorted fake local and foreign currencies.
The detectives acting on intelligence, had launched an operation at Midea Apartment’s house number 101, therein ambushing Abdulaziz Ibrahim Hassan, 54, Dorcas Ntoya, 34 and 26-year-old Arum Bob Busimbi. The three are believed to be part of a syndicate that is behind the rising cases of money laundering, commonly known as wash wash.
Several fake US dollar notes in denominations of 100 and a machine believed to be used in developing the fake notes were found in the house, before the search was extended to the basement parking.
In a Honda Fit KCY 695X owned by one of the suspects, detectives recovered three copies of a fake letter purportedly from the Central Bank of Kenya notifying receipt of Sh 10billion, two copies of United Nation invoices, a forged anti-money laundering clearance certificate, a packet of white powder labeled ‘Best Quality Laundry Starch’, a bottle containing bluish fluid, 45 USD notes in 100 denominations and 166 notes of Kenyan currency in Sh1000 denominations.
54-yr-old Ethan Mureithi, the caretaker of the apartment who vehemently obstructed the detectives from conducting the operation within the facility was also arrested and will face appropriate charges.
Meanwhile, the wash wash suspects Abdulaziz Hassan, Ntoya and Busimbi are in custody pending arraignment. Their vehicle was also impounded.