smuggler being sought internationally
By Special Correspondent
The Directorate of Criminal
Investigations (DCI) have been placed on
high alert over a renowned gold smuggler
Lionel Crochet who is a French national.
Crochet who is believed to be well
connected to several influential
billionaires in Europe, especially
Monaco, France and Belgium through his
gold and firearm business, managed to
smuggle a large consignment of gold
suspected to be more than 250 kilograms
from Kenya to Dubai between April and
May this year.
Upon arrival in Dubai, the consignment
was detained because of his criminal
record in the Middle East country where
he was arrested and jailed for five
years some years back due to money
laundering and smuggling and was later
deported after finishing his jail term.
It’s believed that the smooth operate
who boasts of corrupting the ‘high and
the mighty’ to offer him protection, has
turned Kenya as his new base of
He is also suspected to have links with
the dreaded M23 rebel group in
Democratic Republic of Congo who he is
believed to be one of their financiers.
One of his close ally is a liquid USA-
based lawyer only known as Recce who is
also being investigated for money
laundering issues both in the USA and
Middle East as well as several African
countries. Crochet also has close ties
with shrewd Congolese nationals Mabila
and Jean Paul who have yet exited Kenya
due to the same criminal trade.
Investigations are currently underway to
ascertain the existence of some
consignment that are still hidden in
Nairobi under the custody of Crochet.
Kenyan crime busters have in the recent
past declared a total war on the
business of gold smuggling and money
laundering in the country, making it
uncomfortable for the operators.