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Jury Acquits Kenyan Businessman Of Drug Smuggling

March 11, 1988

............................................................................ (AP) _ A Kenyan millionaire developer and arms dealer was acquitted Thursday of conspiring with five other Africans, including a nephew of Kenya’s first president, to import 1,900 tons of marijuana into the United States.

Stephen Mwangi, 49, was found innocent by a federal jury in its fifth day of deliberations. Mwangi testified that he had come to this country with one of the accused men to speak to potential investors in a land deal.

He was arrested in October with a Ugandan and four other Kenyans, including Samuel Muigai, 36, a former Kenyan army officer. Muigai’s uncle was Jomo Kenyatta, Kenya’s first president.

Muigai and the four others have pleaded guilty and face terms of up to 20 years in prison at sentencing later this month.

All six were arrested after being driven by a Customs agent posing as a drug buyer to the port in Gloucester City, where $1 million worth of marijuana was seized.

The deal was arranged in long-distance calls between an informant and defendants other than Mwangi. The calls were taped, along with a conversation in the car when the agent was driving the men from Philadelphia to New Jersey.

Assistant U.S. Attorney James Patton alleged that Mwangi was a silent backer of the deal, which was ultimately to involve three tons of marijuana.

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