Five suspects are the latest visitors to be admitted to police custody after they were nabbed by highly trained commandos while transporting the Sandalwood worth Ksh 6 million.
The suspects have been identified as John Muiruri Kanyi, Johakim Losikira Lobolia, Thomas Achuka, Kelly Achapan and Francis Ekal were intercepted by the men in uniform as they attempted to transport the consignment.
The gang was transporting the sandalwood along the Barsaloi-Masikita road within the Samburu North sub-county and were produced before a court in Maralal by the Anti wildlife crime unit.
It has been established that custodial orders for three days were granted to allow detectives to finalise their investigation before they can be arraigned yet again.
In 2007, the Kenyan government declared the harvesting and trade of sandalwood illegal with the roots of the trees which has a sweet aroma being used in making medicine and cosmetics.
The International Union for Conservation of Nature's Red List of Threatened species also listing it as an endangered species.
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