Coffee worth Ksh16 million recovered in Juja

Coffee worth Ksh16 million recovered in Juja
A worker sorts coffee berries at a factory in Kienjege, located in western Kirinyaga county, northwest of Kenya's capital Nairobi, July 24, 2014. REUTERS/Thomas Mukoya/File Photo

Police in Juja, Murera Ward on Monday evening recovered approximately 400 bags of coffee worth Ksh16 million hidden in a house and arrested four suspects.

Four hundred bags weighing 50kgs each were found in one of the rooms of a building under construction after police received a tip off from members of the public who saw people offloading what they suspected to be coffee from a car.

There have been cases of coffee theft reported by individuals and coffee factories in Kiambu County in the recent past.

Confirming the incident, Kiambu County Police Commander Adiel Njagi Nyange said that all factories and anyone who has reported cases of losing coffee to come forward and verify the recovered coffee.

“The four suspects failed to produce relevant documents to ascertain their ownership of the coffee. The suspects and the owner of the building will be assisting us in investigations,” he said.

According to residents in the area, the room had just been leased out over the weekend, presumably on Saturday (18th February 2017).

The suspects and the black Prado vehicle are currently held at Juja Police Station.

Reported by Anne Ngige. Edited by Majanga Michael

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