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How Akinyi risks losing Sh60 million made from Narcotics

Suspected trafficker Joyce Akinyi risks losing more than Sh60 million that authorities believe are proceeds of narcotic peddling.

On Thursday, Justice Mumbi Ngugi barred Akinyi from using her two high end cars, a Toyota DBA-KGC10 KCG 856G and a Toyota Crown KCR 5217 she bought with the part of money.

 Justice Ngugi ordered that the two cars to be immediately impounded by the DCI as investigations take a serious turn.

Akinyi who has made headlines as drug trafficker from the time she was married to a Nigerian drug lord, Anthony Chinedu, was given seven days to surrender the logbooks of the two vehicles to the investigators.

The judge granted the orders after the Assets Recovery Authority said Akinyi failed to prove the legitimate source of the vehicles and the money deposited in her two accounts held at the Stanbic Bank.

ARA is also accusing her of using the two accounts to run illegal activities including money laundering.

Investigations further established that Akinyi would make deposits in tranches of less than Sh1 million to evade the ‘reporting threshold’ put by the Central Bank of Kenya.

CBK’s guidelines require any account holder to declare the source of money for any deposit made that exceeds a million shillings.

But before the guidelines were introduced, Akinyi deposit upto Sh20 million like she did on November 10, 2015 then withdrew Sh7.7 million eight days later.

On November 30, she made another deposit of Sh67,395 in the account held at Stanbic Bank.

The owner of the infamous Deep West club on Lang’ata Road and has always been on the radar of the Assets Recovery Agency since she deposited more than Sh60 million in her two accounts at the bank.

Between January of 2015 and September of 2018, she deposited Sh47,360, 402 in her other account held at the same bank as investigating agents agents insist that the funds are proceeds from narcotic trade.

On July 13 last year, Akinyi was arrested on suspicion of dealing in narcotics in an operation that led to the recovery of 1,050 grammes of heroin at the Deep West Resort.

The investigating team also seized an East African passport and Kenyan passport in Akinyi’s name, three Congolese passports in the name of Kambere Raha Eveline, Kjambura Marline and Kalla Paulin; a package containing a brownish powder, a digital scale and Ugandan currency.

 

 


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