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3 Tanzanian Drug Kingpins to be Extradited to the US; “Shkuba” Among Them

Special Correspondent

DAR-ES-SALAAM (Zamampya) –  A Tanzanian court on Wednesday agreed to let three accused drug kingpins to be extradited to the US to face criminal charges following a successful petition by the Minister of Justice and Constitutional Affairs through the Attorney Generals’ chamber.

The Resident Magistrate at Kisutu Court in Dar-es-Salaam agreed with the petition and remanded the accused until their extradition to the US if no appeal is filed. The three accused men include Ally Khatib Hassan also known as Shkuba (pictured), Iddi Salehe Mafuru and one Lwitiko Emmanuel Adam. The three are accused to have trafficked drugs in the US while Skuba has been named as one of Africa’s notorious drug lord.

Last year Shkuba was sanctioned by the US Treasury Department and his assets frozen after the US labeled him “a major international drug kingpin who smuggles multi-ton shipments of heroin and cocaine to Africa, Europe, Asia, and North America via his East Africa-based drug trafficking organization.” According to the statement issued by the Department, Shkuba and his narcotics organization were deeply involved in drug trafficking not just in East Africa but other areas around the world.

Hassan was said to have been “the primary distributor for Tanzania-based drug traffickers who regularly received multi-hundred kilogram maritime shipments of heroin from the Makran coast of Pakistan and Iran.”

He was arrested by the Tanzanian police in 2014 following a two year manhunt with the help of Interpol.  The then acting director of the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) John Smith said at the time that “Narcotics traffickers like the Hassan Drug Trafficking Organization pose a significant threat to the international financial system and regional stability, and Treasury remains committed to exposing and targeting those fueling the global drug trade.”

According to the US Hassan was travelling around the globe using six Tanzanian passports.

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