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Woman arrested as police impound more than 200 cartons of counterfeit alcohol

By Nyaboga Kiage January 24th, 2023 2 min read

Detectives attached to the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) on Monday night arrested a woman who was in possession of more than 200 cartons of counterfeit alcoholic drinks.

The suspect was arrested in her home in Ruai by detectives who also recovered fake Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) stamps. The suspect is currently being held at Kamulu Police Station.

“A consignment of counterfeit alcoholic drinks affixed with fake KRA stamps was impounded yesterday evening at a residential property in Ruai, by detectives acting on intelligence leads,” a statement by the DCI reads in part.

The police believe the impounded consignment was destined for the local market.

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According to the DCI, the safety of the counterfeited drinks could not be immediately ascertained but the bottles were packaged in branded bottles that are popular in the local market.

The impounded consignment comprised assorted brands of alcoholic drinks, including Kane Extra, Konyagi, Blue Ice, Kibao Vodka and Chrome Vodka.

The raid was conducted just a day after another one was carried out in Thika on the night of Sunday, January 22, 2023.

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Detectives from the DCI raided the alcoholic production centre where they recovered more than 300 cartons of counterfeit alcoholic drinks.

In a statement, the DCI said 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).

Some of the alcoholic drinks impounded included Kane Extra, King Vodka, Nest Vodka, Hunters Vodka, Chrome Vodka, Blue Ice Vodka, Konyagi, Triple Ace and Hunters Vodka.

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