Sugar containers being used to smuggle drugs.
The spectacular drug bust this summer in Colombo that uncovered 176lbs of cocaine hidden in a sugar container has now been tied to the sensational story of a British aristocrat arrested in Kenya, also on smuggling charges. This link may have exposed a worldwide pattern in which innocent commodity traders are becoming the new victims of mafia-linked drug trafficking. Ammaiappan Vasudevan – the 51-year-old owner of Amro Commodities is currently held in prison without bail pending trial after being charged with smuggling cocaine worth an estimated Rs. two billion or £14m.
His trial is set to start on October 11. Meanwhile in Nairobi the trial of Jack Marrian the 31-year-old Managing Director of Mshale Commodities, (a subsidiary of London-based ED & F Man, where he has been employed for the last seven years) is set to start on October 3. He faces charges of smuggling 220lbs of cocaine.
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