Sleuths from the Directorate of Criminal Investigations have dismantled a fake-currency syndicate, populartly known as wash-wash seized a consignment of Ksh 60 million fake currency.
The consignment was disguised as marketing flyers and was intercepted through a high-level operation conducted on Thursday, September 9.
The fake currency was part of a consignment that was destined for Muscat, the capital city of Oman from a money-laundering syndicate at a time when the vice is on the rise in the country.
The currency that was impounded was in 460 US dollar notes and in denominations of 100, which were packaged in 12 bundles that were labelled as marketing flyers for non-existent multi-national, Global Food Supplies company.
A manager from the company in charge of the shipment of the cargo tipped sleuths who tracked the consignment.
Detectives would then storm the facility where the consignment was stored at Lusaka Road in the Industrial Area, Nairobi where the Ksh 60 million was seized.
Investigations indicate that syndicate behind the cache is run by an individual who operates from Ngong area in Kajiado.
Following the recovery of the fake cash, DCI has sought Interpol’s intervention to facilitate the apprehension of an Oman-based consignee.
This comes as authorities intensify the hunt for those involved in the vice that has been making headlines in recent days with billions seized in fake currency.
Recently, blogger Edgar Obare did an exclusive expose in which he took his audiences right to the center of the action of the wash-wash gang.
He would also link several Kenyans including politicians and celebrities to the vice that is on the rise.
He would afterwards claim that unknown people had kidnapped his brother, tortured him and demanded to know his (Obare’s) whereabouts.
Most recently, detectives launched investigations into a viral video in which people believed to be the wash wash gang are seen beating up a colleague for allegedly “flaunting wealth on social media”.
A statement shared by the DCI asked Kenyans to provide information that will lead to the apprehension of the group after videos of the brawl went viral.
An earlier video linked to the beating that also went viral last week shows an unidentified man flaunting bundles of money and expensive liquor while he was surrounded by women clearly enjoying the good life and his exploits.