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Drug lord Baktash Akasha gets 25 years in US jail

Kenyan brothers Baktash (2L) and Ibrahim Akasha (R) were arrested in November 2014, along with Indian national Vijaygiri Goswami and Pakistani citizen Gulam Hussein, following a sting by the US Drug Enforcement Administration before they were extradited to the US

NEW York, United States, Aug 16 – One of Akasha’s sons Baktash was sentenced to 25 years in prison Friday, for involvement in drug trafficking.

Baktash was handed the sentence by presiding judge Victor Marrero, who also ordered him to pay US$100,000 (Sh10.3 million) fine.

The judge said he was satisfied with evidence presented to show that Baktash was heavily involved in the exportation of tonnes of heroin to the United States, as well as other crimes on weapons handling and obstruction.

He was charged alongside his younger brother Ibrahim Akasha, who faced similar offenses, with his sentence now scheduled for November this year.

Both pleaded guilty to charges facing them and agreed to a plea-bargain with the office of the Manhattan district attorney.

Baktash and Ibrahim were arrested in Mombasa by Kenyan and US detectives before they were extradited to the US to face the charges.

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