THE Chinese who have been running a supermarket and a fast food business in Lavington, Nairobi were arrested at Aberdare Court after neighbours complained of a strange foul smell coming from house No.6 Kayahwe Rd. Kilimani, a trial court has been told.
Police found four deep freezers containing decomposing meat of various animals which was the cause of the nauseating stench.
They have been taken to court and police has asked the court to detain them for ten days to complete investigations.
Two polished elephant ivory tusks, 2 human sculpted ivories, 1 lion sculpted ivory, bungles, beaded ivory weighing 5 Kgs valued at Ksh 4 million, a leopard skin valued at Ksh 500,000, i rhino horn valued at Ksh1.8 million were seized when police arrested the suspects among them a Kenyan who is their employee.
The court heard that further search revealed cash of different currencies and denominations totaling Ksh1.7 million, assorted alcoholic drinks, cigarettes, food stuff, spices, expired canned fish and other contraband goods.
Police believe their accomplices are out there…and this find maybe just a tip of the iceberg.
“It has been hell living here. They usually bring the meat and other stuff at night using a grey van,” one of the neighbours, who declined to give her name told journalists.
Interest of justice
Apart from the tortoise, the Chinese were also keeping two black unidentified pets and a dog.
They have been identified as Shang Li Yan, Xing Wei, Zhang Jie and David Maseno Oseko.
“In the interest of justice and owing to the nature of crime committed, police are interested in tracing the respondents movements and efforts to apprehend their accomplices without interference,” an affidavit signed by Mark Ntonja for the police reads.
The suspects will face criminal charges of being in possession of Wildlife trophy contrary to the Wildlife Conservation and management Act .
Court heard several government agencies “collected samples for testing and confirmation and that data is yet to be retrieved form the suspects laptop[s and mobile phones.
The court was told there is a high likehood that the suspects are wanted by other police stations for crimes associated with game trophies and contraband goods.
Veteran criminal lawyer Asa Nyakundi and Dave Ayuo will be defending the suspects while FRed Kimathi will be appearing for the state.