Ksh.40 million illicit brew confiscated in Meru


Ksh.40 million illicit brew confiscated in Meru
Counterfeit alchohol nabbed in Meru

Anti-Counterfeit Agency detectives on Tuesday raided a manufacturer’s home arrested seven and confiscated illicit alcohol with an estimated value of Ksh.40 million.

The detectives, who were working with the police impounded the liquor from a homestead in Mutuati village, Meru County after being tipped off by licensed liquor manufacturers in the region.

According to ACA enforcement manager Lindsay Kipkemoi, the suspects were producing various brands of fake alcohol, packaging them before selling them to unsuspecting consumers in Meru, Isiolo and Laikipia counties.

More than 10,000 bottles of spirit branded Bubblez were seized by the agency.

The multi-agency team also recovered fake KRA stickers, 5,000 litres of ethanol, stickers licensed to five other companies and used alcohol bottles.

Seven people were arrested during the raid. However the owner of the homestead, identified as Richard Koome fled before the raid and is at large.

“We did not manage to arrest the main suspect who is at large but the DCIO is here and will help us track him. Our next course of action will be to dismantle the whole plant. We want to ensure that it does not work anymore,” said Mr. Kipkemoi.

Kipkemoi added; “We intend to charge them in Nairobi because we believe there is going to be interference if we charge them in Meru.”

The suspects will be arraigned in court on Wednesday.

 

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