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Police arrest five relatives in a suspected family drug business

Police in Nairobi have arrested five family members suspected to be part of an international drug trafficking syndicate.

The suspects, Martin Jairus Muhando Amoth aka Jay Ras, and his uncles Geoffrey Muhando, Daniel Ong’ayi Muhando, Preston Opiayo Muhando and John Okello Olwero were arrested in two different locations in Nairobi.

Police have revealed that Jairus was arrested on Monday at Vue Claire Apartments in Kileleshwa.

“On Monday, 20th June 2022, DCI anti-narcotics sleuths raided a house in the upmarket Kilimani estate and arrested a drug trafficker identified as Martin Jairus Muhando Amoth aka Jay Ras. Jairus has been on police radar after investigations revealed that he was making suspicious trips to Uganda and back,” a brief by the anti-narcotics detectives read in part.

While arresting him, the investigators recovered about 15 pellets of suspected narcotics and a Ceska CZ 75 pistol case. Police say the exhibits will help them in investigations.

“Preliminary investigations by the police have established that Jairus was part of a well-networked drug trafficking ring based in Nairobi with ties to Uganda, Ethiopia and Brazil specializing in smuggling of cocaine for domestic distribution and export,” the detectives said.

However, Jairus’ four uncles had been arrested four days before, in the company of two alleged South African nationals; Craig Randall Philander and Dawney-Lee Nicole Abbas.

They were found in one of the houses in Nyayo Estate, Embakasi.

Police say the six were found in possession of illegal drugs and Sh15 million.

The sleuths say Jairus is related to Carey Maboha Muhando who is reportedly a wanted drug trafficker in Brazil after skipping bail at Jomo Kenyatta international airport law courts.

“Carey had been arrested on 28th March 2016 at JKIA from Sao Paulo – Brazil having ingested 2kg of cocaine,” the police said.