These are some cases involving Kenyans arrested for drug trafficking in South East Asia over the last 3 years.  The reports are from various online newspapers:


  • In 2009 5 Kenyans were sentenced to death in China after they were found guilty of drug trafficking.
  • 6 others have been condemned to life imprisonment in Chinese jails for drug peddling.
  • 20 others, majority of them young women, are serving a cumulative jail term of 150 years.  Some of them may not even have known that they were carrying drugs.

Thailand – Barbara Wambui was arrested at Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi International Airport in July 2010 with 2.7kg of amphetamine, worth about Sh19 million.  The drugs were concealed in her luggage. Police also found a large sum of money in her luggage.

Thailand – September 2010, Nancy Ndungani Kahoya was also arrested at the Suvarnabhumi International Airport with 3.3kg of amphetamine as she was on transit to Malaysia.

Philippines – October 2010, 24 year old Asha Atieno Ogutu arrested at Mactan-Cebu International Airport in the Philippines while she was trying to clear customs.  Taken from a false bottom of her luggage were two packs containing a total of three kilos of shabu, a stimulant used in the Philippines.

Malaysia – Judith Achieng Odoyo, 30, appeared in a Malaysian court on September 22, 2011 but was not allowed to plead to the charges of drug trafficking which carry a mandatory death sentence on conviction. She was arrested at Kota Kinabalu International Airport with 5.064kg of amphetamine, which is worth $ 475,950.

Indonesia – March 2011, A 37 year old Kenyan woman identified as PN was arrested at Soekarno-Hatta International Airport in Jakarta for trying to smuggle 1.46 kilograms of crystal methamphetamine from The Ivory Coast.

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