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Police seize counterfeit beer in Murang’a, nab three

Three women were on May 28, 2023, arrested while reportedly in possession of 83 crates of counterfeit beer.

In a statement issued by the National Police Service (NPS), officers in Muranga in collaboration with the local administration and members of the public conducted a crackdown on illicit brews within Marema village.

“The operation led to seizure of 83 crates of Santa King Ice believed to be a counterfeit alcohol, five crates without stickers, and arrest of three female suspects,” the statement read in part.

This comes barely a day after two women were nabbed in connection with the recovery of counterfeit alcohol in Kiambu County.

According to a statement from the National Police Service, a multi-agency team conducted an operation on May 27, 2023, at the homestead of one Mr Wanjohi where they arrested the two suspects identified only as Ms Donatha and Ms Grace.

“The multi-agency team conducted an operation in Gitaru area where they seized various items including rolls of Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) stamps, several boxes of suspected fake alcoholic drinks with different brand names, distilling machines and several empty boxes as well as bottle tops,” the NPS statement said.

A week ago, police in Nakuru together with Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) officials also seized several fake alcoholic drinks.

In a raid conducted by detectives attached to the Economic Crimes Unit, a wing of the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) in Pipeline Area, Nakuru County, over 120 cartons of various alcoholic drinks with fake KRA stamps were recovered.

The company boasts of being in the Kenyan market for over ten years and was registered under the Companies Act, Cap 486 of the Kenyan Laws in 2009.

“The consignment included 79 cartons of Spark vodka, 26 of Bob vodka, 17 of Best vodka, 1 carton of Boss vodka and 2 cartons of assorted bottle caps were recovered,” the DCI said in a statement.

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