NEW YORK (Reuters) – A U.S. judge on Friday sentenced Ibrahim Akasha, once a member of Kenya’s Akasha drug trafficking organization, to 23 years in prison after he pleaded guilty to trafficking heroin and methamphetamine and other crimes.
The sentence, imposed by U.S. District Judge Victor Marrero in Manhattan federal court, was a victory for prosecutors, who had argued that Akasha had been a top lieutenant to his brother Baktash Akasha, the Akasha organization’s former leader, who was sentenced to 25 years in prison last August.
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Assistant U.S. Attorney Jason Richman on Friday urged Marrero to give Ibrahim Akasha a similar sentence, saying he had acted as his brother’s “right hand man” and had “engaged in extreme violence.”
Ibrahim Akasha’s attorney, Dawn Cardi, argued that her client had a much lesser role than his brother and sought a sentence of 10 years. She noted that Ibrahim Akasha, now 31, was just 10 years old when his father died and his older brother took control of the organization.
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Cardi also said there was “never a scintilla of evidence” that the Akashas intended to traffic any drugs into the United States until U.S. authorities...
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