Filipino detectives have began a manhunt for two Kenyan drug dealers linked to an attempt by Nairobi saleswoman Asha Atieno Ogutu to smuggle three kilogrammes of narcotic drugs into the Asian country in August. The Kenyans are only identified as Ray and Joshua. Ray is said to be in the Phillipines and was scheduled to meet Ogutu at the Mactan Cebu international airport on the fateful day while Joshua sent her with the drugs. Ray had on a previous occasion taken the arrested woman on holiday to the Philippines. He paid for her ticket and gave her Joshua’s number as she was to contact him on arrival at the airport.
She was arrested at Mactan Cebu international airport on arrival from Doha, Qatar aboard flight QR 656 which had originated from Benin in West Africa and was destined for an unnamed Asian country. The mother of three who lives in Nairobi’s Outer Ring has reportedly already informed her parents about her arrest and is waiting for a lawyer to represent her in court. Her court appearance was deferred because the Kenyan consulate had not sent a lawyer to represent her.
Detectives from the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) are conducting a digital autopsy on four Subscriber Identification Module (Sim) cards seized from Ogutu. The Sim cards are being examined by the Computer Crime Division to reveal the people she had been communicating to before and upon arrival in the Philippines. “Maybe they can get useful information from the cards.
They will generate information that may be of use to other agencies who are also dealing with the transnational crime of drug trafficking,” NBI special investigator Arnel Pura told the Sun Star newspaper in Cebu. Ogutu, the first Kenyan to be detained at Lapu Lapu jail, was charged before the city prosecutor of Lapu Lapu on September 30, and faces life imprisonment. She initially fainted when she was being transferred to jail.