Crime

Leader of Kenyan Crime Family Pleads Guilty in U.S. Court

Akasha crime family members Baktash and Ibrahim Akasha Abdalla led an international drug ring until the U.S. DEA effectively kidnapped them in Kenya and took them to the U.S. before they could again bribe their way out of extradition.

The drug lords were first ensared in Kenya on Nov. 9, 2014, after selling 99 kilograms of heroin and two kilograms of methamphetamine to a DEA enformant. They were promptly arrested and then let go by corrupt Kenyan authorities and had been able to keep paying for their freedom until January 28, 2017 when they were arrested again and then given over to the DEA who wisked them out of Kenya before an extradition order could be again denied by bribed judges.

The Akasha's contested the kidnapping and lack of legal extradition but a U.S. judge denied their lawyer's petition and claimed that there is nothing in the extradition treaty with Kenya that says that defendants can't be removed before extradition is approved.

Facing life in prison they two decided to plead guilty and give up some of their Pakistani and Afghan drug suppliers in exchange for a more lenient sentence. They could be out in as little as five years or even sooner if they agree to work in the CIA's drug trade. Depending upon who they ratted out, they could also be killed in prison.

"Baktash Akasha Abdalla and his brother, Ibrahim Akasha Abdalla, were the leader and deputy of a sophisticated international drug trafficking network, responsible for tons of narcotics shipments throughout the world. Not only did they manufacture and distribute narcotics for over two decades, they kidnapped, beat, and murdered others who posed a threat to their enterprise. When the brothers encountered legal interference, they bribed Kenyan officials — including judges, prosecutors, and law enforcement officers—in an effort to avoid facing the charges against them in the United States," said Manhattan U.S. Attorney Geoffrey S. Berman. "Today's pleas put two of the most prolific drug traffickers in the world out of business, and ensure that tons of dangerous narcotics will never reach our shores."

According to the Superseding Indictment, other court filings, and statements made during court proceedings:

The defendants operated a sprawling and lucrative international drug business, which involved the distribution of multi-ton quantities of narcotics including hashish, ephedrine, methamphetamine, and methaqulone—a Schedule I controlled substance commonly referred to in Europe, South Africa, and elsewhere as "Mandrax" or "mandies," and in the United States as "Quaaludes." For almost two decades, Baktash Akasha Abdalla acted as the leader of the Akasha Organization, and Ibrahim Akasha Abdalla functioned as his brother's deputy. The defendants engaged in acts of violence to protect the reputation of the Akasha Organization and their drug-trafficking business. For example, in 2014, the defendants kidnapped and assaulted a rival drug trafficker in Kenya named David Armstrong. The defendants helped orchestrate the murder in South Africa of an associate of Armstrong, who was known as "Pinky" and was shot approximately 32 times in the street.  The defendants subsequently participated in an altercation at a public shopping mall in Kenya with an Armstrong associate named Stanley Livondo, during which Ibrahim Akasha Abdalla threatened Livondo with a pistol in the mall.

Also being prosecuted with the Akasha's are an Indian national, Gulam Hussein and Pakistani citiizen Vijaygiri Anandgiri Goswami.