MOMBASA, Kenya, June 23 (Xinhua) -- Kenya's anti-narcotic detectives on Friday arrested two Nigerian drug barons and seized heroin worth 50,000 U.S. dollars in the coastal city of Mombasa.
The two -- Chukwu James and Gageche Gold Patience -- were arrested in dawn operation where heroin weighing 1.5 kilograms was impounded in an apartment within Nyali suburb.
Head of Anti-Narcotic Police Unit Hamis Massa said the drugs were smuggled from Tanzania.
"Acting on intelligence, we carried an operation and arrested the two with drugs stashed in suitcase. The two are wanted drug traffickers," Massa said.
Massa said the two traveled from Nairobi to Mombasa to pick the consignment they intended to smuggle to Brussels. He said the suspects were on anti narcotic watch list for smuggling drugs from the country.
Massa said sample of the drugs were sent to the government for further analysis. "The two will be charged in court and later deported to their country where they are also wanted for trafficking narcotics," Massa said.
In April, three Italian fugitives wanted by Interpol over drug and criminal related offenses were also deported.
The three, Mario Mele, Alberto Fulvio and Stefano Poli who were on Interpol's Red Notice, were handed over to Italian authorities in Malindi and deported.
They were among twelve suspects arrested in Mombasa during a joint security operation.