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Interpol to share information on drug trafficking, crime with Kenya

03 September 2014, 07:59

Mombasa - Kenya has obtained crucial database from Interpol as it heightened its war against illicit drug trafficking and organized crime in the country, a senior official from the global police organization said on Tuesday.

Head of Interpol Regional Bureau for East Africa Francis Rwego confirmed they have already shared the information contained in the Interpol Criminal Information System 1CIS with Kenya.

"Interpol has shared classified database to support the government in investigating individuals linked to international illicit drug trade," Rwego told Xinhua by telephone.

He said the classified information contains fingerprint, questionable transaction of individuals suspects to be linked with organized criminal activities including drug trafficking that assist member countries to prosecute them.

Rwego said the information is part of the intelligence exchange program aimed at assisting in identification and arrest of the drug lords operating in the country, adding that the organization is working closely with the country's security agencies to facilitate quick intelligence sharing among members' states.

"We have rich data bank that contains personal data and their criminal history of people. This will assist the authority in building a prosecution against the barons," said Rwego.

The east African nation has faced a string of terror attacks in recent months which have culminated with the mass evacuation of tourists in the coastal city of Mombasa following twin attacks in July.

These attacks threaten the tourism business which the country so readily relies on, so by extension the economy is threatened too.

Rwego said Interpol is also assisting Kenya authority in capacity building through training of undercover detectives on forensic expertise and the exchange of forensic data.

Meanwhile, Kenya has set an elaborate team of anti narcotic team to probe the illict drug trade, which is led by the head of Anti-Narcotics Unit in Kenya Hamis Masa in collaboration with international agencies that include U.S. on Drug Enforcement Administration.

"With the collaboration among agencies we are determined to take war on illicit trade a notch high by apprehending the barons involves in the business." Masa told Xinhua in Mombasa.

The latest development comes just a few days after Kenya authority destroyed drug-laden ship off the coastal city of Mombasa in renewed efforts to combat drug trafficking.

 - Xinhua

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