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German busted at JKIA with drugs gets 20 years plus Ksh 20 million fine

A Nairobi Court on Wednesday, August 17, 2022, ordered a German to be jailed for 20 years and also pay a fine of Sh20 million for the offence of drug trafficking.

In a report issued by the Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) on Wednesday, Mr Rommenswinkel Dieter was found in possession of drugs valued at Sh8.34 million.

Chief Magistrate Lucas Onyina of the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) court issued the sentence as he faulted the foreigner for having been found with the 2,782gramms of narcotics.

“The court has sentenced Rommenswinkel Dieter, a German national, to 20 years imprisonment and pay an Sh20 million fine for trafficking 2,782.3grams of narcotics worth Sh8.34 million,” the statement read.

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The office of the Director of Public Prosecution Mr Noordin Haji said that the prosecution team had proved the case beyond reasonable doubt and the judge administered the aforementioned sentence.

In the recent past, drug trafficking offenders who find themselves at JKIA have always been nabbed by the hawk-eyed security team managing the airport.

In June, detectives attached to the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) arrested a Guyanese national who was wanted in the United States for conspiracy to traffic narcotic drugs.

Mr Christopher Spencer was nabbed at JKIA as he tried to make his way into the country and was flagged down before he was handed over to the DCI.

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According to a statement that was issued by the DCI, Mr Spencer was allegedly involved in a cocaine smuggling ring in Guyana that had conspired to smuggle cocaine into the US.

He allegedly committed the offence in 2015 when he and others managed to smuggle 1.5kg of cocaine through shoe luggage but he was arrested a year later.

He was then arraigned in court but later released on pre-trial conditions with the hope that he will cooperate with the courts.

However, he violated the conditions that were issued and in March 2017 a warrant of arrest for Mr Spencer was issued.

“Again, he violated pre-trial conditions of non-appearance and change of address without reporting, leading to another warrant which was issued on March 19, 2018.”

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