In one of Kenya’s highest-profile drug cases, A descendant of Scottish aristocrats is charged with importing 100 kilograms of cocaine into Kenya.
A large-scale scheme for long-distance delivery of drugs was interrupted when DEA and Kenya’s police found around 100 kg of cocaine sent from Brazil, while a highborn Scott living in Nairobi was named as the main suspect and apprehended. The shipment arrived on a trans-oceanic ship packaged in containers marked as sugar and supposedly headed to Uganda, but its true content turned out to include a large quantity of illicit drugs.
Jack Marrian (30) is the owner of the company that was listed as the importer, and he was taken into custody along with another Kenyan man, Roy Francis Mwanthi. To make things more interesting, Mr. Marrian is an heir to the famous Scottish lineage and son on the Lady Campbell of Cadwor, a well known British aristocrat.
Young Scot was raised in Kenya, where he also managed a trading company that operated across Eastern Africa and was behind the deal to bring the packages into the country.
The suspects were initially released without any charges, but were promptly re-arrested and will be brought to court. For his part, the accused denied he had any knowledge about the cocaine shipment, even though he inquired about the package once it got detained by the authorities.
The case is unusual for Kenya, which is not located on any major drug corridors and isn’t regarded as a lucrative cocaine market.
However in recent years, global drug traffickers and distributors are using the country as a hub to ship drugs to Europe or South Asia, taking advantage of the geographic position and relatively soft security at the airports and sea ports.
It wasn’t clear whether Kenya was the intended destination or just a transit station for the cocaine found in the containers, so it is difficult to know how much to read into the incident and the identity of the alleged instigator.
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