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List of counterfeit alcohol confiscated in Thika by police and KRA

By Nyaboga Kiage January 23rd, 2023 2 min read

Police in Thika, on the night of Sunday, January 22, 2023, raided an alcoholic production centre where they managed to recover over 300 cartons of counterfeit drinks.

In a statement, the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) said that there is an ongoing operation on high-level tax evasion schemes that are in the alcoholic production business.

The raid was conducted by DCI sleuths and officials from the Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA).

The statement revealed that it was very hard for them to ascertain whether the drinks were safe for consumption.

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Some of the drinks recovered during the raid include; Kane Extra, King Vodka, Nest Vodka, Hunters Vodka, Chrome Vodka, Blue Ice Vodka, Konyagi, Triple Ace, Hunters Vodka, K.C Vodka, Kibao among others.

Check out some of the photos taken during the raid.

Counterfeit alcohol confiscated in Thika by police.
Counterfeit alcohol confiscated in Thika by police. PHOTO|COURTESY
Counterfeit alcohol confiscated in Thika by police.
Counterfeit alcohol confiscated in Thika by police. PHOTO|COURTESY

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It all started earlier on in the day when detectives who were acting following an intelligence report raided a residential property located at Mugi Court in Makongeni, Thika Sub County in Kiambu County.

The officers were then shocked to recover empty bottles of different brands, hundreds of liters of ethanol, and the illegal consignment they also confiscated.

“KRA officers accompanying our officers during operation also confirmed that the seized drinks had counterfeited revenue stamps affixed on them,” the DCI said.

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The recovery comes just days after the same detectives involved in this operation arrested suspects who are engaged in printing fake revenue stamps.

The suspects also print fake revenue stamps from neighboring Uganda and Tanzania countries.

Two weeks ago, President Dr. William Ruto issued a directive to the police that they should conduct intelligence-led operations targeting counterfeit goods in the country.

This is after it emerged that business people were using underhand deals to evade tax.

On Sunday, President Ruto, who was in Kirinyaga County, asked Kenyans to be honest and pay taxes.

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