And like the Sicilian Mafia, he quietly went about building a deeply entrenched drug empire in the coastal region with the help of a tightly-knit web of close family members.ASSOCIATESPolice records show that just like the Akashas
, Kandereni has brought on board his wife, suspected concubine and several in-laws.
were extradited from Kenya without the knowledge of their families or lawyers despite there being a case in court challenging their extradition.
The two Akashas
were among four men arrested last Sunday night after months of investigations by Kenyan police and the U.S.
During the fight, police reports indicated that the Akashas
beat up one of Mr Punjani's men at the club.
During the Akashas
' trial, a US court heard that the two had immersed influence and had repeatedly bribed police officers to buy their freedom.
Court documents reveal that the Akashas
had conspired to pay "hundreds of thousands of US dollars in bribes to judges, prosecutors and law enforcement officials" in Kenya in an attempt to avoid extradition to the US.Chief Justice David Maraga and other judges are attending the annual judges conference.
also threatened authorities who attempted to bring an end to their business.
US government attorneys argued at the July 25 and 26 hearing that the judge "must consider the full context of the Akashas
' crimes" in deciding what length of sentence to impose.
face possible life imprisonment but they named big names in Kenya linked to their drugs trade - sending shivers down the spines of influential people.
It is now solely up to Judge Marrero to decide what length of sentences to impose on the Akashas
Mwangi said the Akashas
were awaiting sentencing and the DPP should have strong reasons why the matter should not be dismissed.
At their peak, bribery, as opposed to mafia-style killing and extortion associated with drug barons elsewhere in the world, was the modus operandi of the Akashas
' well-oiled family empire.