British businessman Jack Marrian, who has been charged with trafficking cocaine into Kenya worth £4.5 million came face to face with the 100kg haul yesterday (11 November).
The 31 year-old Scottish aristocrat, was arrested in July after Kenyan police and US Drug Enforcement Agency officials in Mombasa discovered the class A drugs concealed in a Brazilian sugar consignment destined for Uganda.
Since his arrest, Marrian has protested his innocence, and yesterday the court relocated to the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) headquarters in Nairobi, in order to witness all 90 packages of seized cocaine.
Marrian was seen rocking back and forth in distress and put his head in his hands, covering his mouth with a breathing mask as the drugs were removed from their individual cases, shown to the crowd, and brought towards him.
The officer, Hamisi Massa, was exhibiting evidence in the trial which entered its second day on Friday with each one shown to be the same weight and size as a hardback bible.
The son of Lady Campbell of Cawdor’s son, was originally due to go on trial at the Kibera Law Courts in Nairobi last month, but the trial was adjourned after it emerged that the authorities had not had time to confirm that the haul was cocaine.
The prosecution allege that documents found on the ship used to transport the cargo named Marrian director of the firm that was to receive the containers.
However, the US Drug Enforcement Administration, which worked with Spanish police to track and seize the cargo in late July, has said they believe Marrian and his co-accused, Kenyan clearing agent Roy Mwanthi, knew nothing about the drugs concealed in the shipment.
Anthony Coulson, a former DEA officer Anthony Coulson, who was in Nairobi at the time of Mr Marrian’s arrest, has said: “They have made public the fact that an innocent man has been falsely accused of a crime.
“The Kenyan police and prosecutors are fully aware but are pressing ahead with the charges against him.”
It has been suggested that Marrian could be a victim of the “rip-on / rip-off” smuggling method – where smugglers hide drugs in cargo belonging to other people and retrieve them once they have reached their destination.