Kenyan police say they have arrested more than 100 Ethiopian nationals suspected of traveling illegally through Kenya on their way to South Africa.

Noah Katumo, the head of Kenya's Special Crimes Prevention Unit, said Tuesday 101 Ethiopian men were arrested along with three Kenyans suspected of trying to sneak the men across borders.

Katumo says the men arrived at a house in Kenya's capital, Nairobi, in small groups before continuing the journey to South Africa.

Kenyan police have previously said the routes used by those who sneak people from the Horn of Africa are the same ones used to smuggle illegal weapons, drugs, elephant ivory and rhino tusks.

Early last year, 95 Ethiopians were arrested near the Kenya and Tanzania border on their way to South Africa.