Police Seize Consignment Of Counterfeit Alcoholic Drinks In Thika

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A consignment of counterfeit alcoholic drinks has been impounded by detectives following an ongoing operation on high-level tax evasion schemes by traders dealing in alcoholic products.

The detectives acting on intelligence had raided a residential property at Mugi Court in Makongeni Thika Sub-County, Central Kenya, where empty bottles of different brands, hundreds of litres of ethanol and the illegal consignment was confiscated.

"Over 300 cartons containing thousands of bottles of counterfeited spirits destined for the local market were recovered, following the meticulous operation conducted by DCI sleuths and officials from the Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA)," said the police.

The counterfeited drinks, whose safety to consumers could not be immediately ascertained, were packaged in branded bottles that are popular with the youth, including Kane Extra, King Vodka, Nest Vodka, Hunters Vodka, Chrome Vodka, Blue Ice Vodka, Triple Ace, Hunters Vodka, K.C Vodka, Kibao among others.

KRA confirmed that the seized drinks had counterfeited revenue stamps affixed on them.

The recovery comes days after the detectives arrested suspects who printed fake KRA stamps, including those from neighbouring countries of Uganda and Tanzania.

The ongoing operation follows a recent directive by President William Ruto to the police to conduct intelligence-led operations targeting counterfeit goods after it was discovered that crooked businessmen had devised new ways of evading taxation.

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