Court allows ARA to confiscate cars in drug hearing

By Nancy Gitonga
Friday, September 25th, 2020
Suspected drug trafficker Joyce Akinyi
In summary

Suspected drug trafficker Joyce Akinyi has suffered a major blow after the High Court yesterday allowed for confiscation of her two motor vehicles.

The is, after Justice Mumbi Ngugi granted Asset Recovery Agency (ARA) request to have the motor vehicle preserved as assets were acquired from proceeds of crime pending the hearing of a suit to have the same forfeited to the state.

“A preservation order is hereby issued against Akinyi and her employees, agents or representatives acting on her behalf prohibiting the sale or disposal of or other dealings with motor vehicles KCR 521Z Toyota Crown and KCG 856G Toyota DBA KGC10,” ordered the Judge.

Original logbooks

Justice Mumbi also directed her to surrender the original logbooks of the two motor vehicles to ARA within seven days and be assembled at the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) along Kiambu Road with immediate effect.

Further, the court ordered the Director General of National Transport  Safety Authority (NTSA) to register a caveat against the records of each of the motor vehicles in the matter. 

The application by the ARA to preserve the said assets came after Akinyi was charged at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) court on July 15, 2019 with trafficking narcotics.   

“That following the arrest of Akinyi on July 13, 2019 at Deep West, Nairobi County and subsequent arraignment in court on July 15, 2019 charged with the offence of trafficking narcotic drugs at JKIA, the ARA commenced investigations to recover proceeds of crime accrued to Akinyi through the illegitimate trafficking and trading of narcotic drugs,” argued the agency.

Officers searched her premises at Deep West, Nairobi West, Nairobi county and recovered a total of 1,050 grams of unknown substance, which was sent to the Government Chemist for sampling, weighting, valuation and analysis. The substance was found to contain heroin at 20 per cent purity. 

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