Directorate of Criminal Investigations officers Tuesday confiscated fake US dollars worth a whopping Ksh1.5 billion in Pangani Estate, Nairobi.
The fake currency was in the possession of a 29-year-old man identified as Yassin Ahmed Osman.
Acting on intelligence, the detectives pounced upon Yassin at his Eden Flats apartment.
According to officers present during the ambush, the bills were found hidden away inside a black bag.
The DCI believes that the suspect is part of a chain of fraudsters dealing with fake currency in the country, and has charged its Starehe unit with tracking down his accomplices.
…containing the fake currency notes was found & confiscated. Suspect placed in custody pending arraignment, with @DCI_Kenya Starehe Detectives pursuing the case to neutralize the entire chain of perpetrators.
— DCI KENYA (@DCI_Kenya) December 10, 2019
Yassin is now in custody awaiting presentation before the court.
Meanwhile, two robbery-with-violence suspects were Monday night arrested by DCI officers after attempting to flee a crime scene on a matatu.
Police officers intercepted the vehicle along the Nairobi-Kikuyu road, with the gang opening fire on officers who were, however, able to neutralize the threat and arrest two of the three robbers.
According to police reports, the three had robbed a male victim of Ksh 3000, his ATM card, and mobile phone at gun-point, before fleeing.
A pistol loaded with five rounds of ammunition was recovered from the two; Philemon Omboko Mwanza, and Gout John Nyang, a Sudan national.