Detectives from the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) have seized a consignment with Sh60 million fake US dollars along Lusaka Road in Industrial Area.
The detectives were reportedly acting on a tip-off where the transport and logistics company was to transport the consignment to Muscat, Oman.
The notes, packaged in 12 bundles, were declared as marketing flyers for a non-existing African Global Food Supplies. Upon investigations, it was unearthed a local consigner, Belmont Joseph who is said to be part of a larger criminal syndicate.
For instance, the DCI has sought the aid of Interpol to arrest Hamood Abdullah Hamood who is based in Oman.
“A consignment concealing over Sh60 Million in fake US dollar currency destined for Muscat in Oman, from a money-laundering syndicate under investigation was last evening seized by detectives. The 460 US dollar notes in denominations of 100 were packaged in 12 bundles, which were declared as marketing flyers for a non-existing African Global Food Supplies,” DCI said.
This comes as the crack-down for wash-wash guys involved in money laundering has been intensified in the country following the expose by blogger Edgar Obare.
In a span of two weeks, several people have been arrested in connection to the same and illegal money, stolen vehicles recovered.