Detectives have arrested a unlicensed liquor distiller with over 30,000 fake KRA stamps and hundreds of litres of ethanol in Elburgon, Molo sub county.
“Over 30,000 counterfeit Kenya Revenue Authority excise stamps and hundreds of litres of ethanol, were yesterday seized from an unlicensed second generation distillery in Elburgon, Molo sub county.” Said DCI
The detectives were working on a tip that the unscrupulous businessman who is a former saw-miller was conducted the business from one of his sawmill following a ban on on logging.
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“Detectives based in Molo had gotten wind that an unscrupulous businessman and former saw-miller based in Elburgon, had converted his sawmill to a liquor manufacturing plant, following the countrywide ban on logging imposed by the government.
In a well coordinated operation conducted by the Molo security team, the sleuths sneaked into the sawmill in unmarked vehicles posing as potato farmers and busted 3 workers who were busy packaging the liquor ready for the market.
Hundreds of counterfeited bottles affixed with fake KRA stamps were recovered during the raid, and the owner James Ndegwa who is a former saw-Miller arrested. Also arrested were three of his employees Fredrick Kiprotich, Joram Choge and Langat Kipng’etich, who also acted as the plant’s connoisseurs and tested whether the potency of each brand had achieved its desired level.
Among the seized bottles and fake liquor labels included those of popular brands such as Tripple Ace, Kibao, and Konyagi locally known as ‘Munyangate’among many others. Also seized was an alcohometer, a measuring tube, assorted synthetic flavours among other paraphernalia used in liquor production.” Said DCI