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Police impound fake alcohol worth over Sh 5 million in Makongeni Thika

Detectives have impounded a consignment of alcoholic drinks bearing fake KRA stamps at Makongeni estate, Thika in a private godown next to BAT factory. 

In a raid conducted by detectives from the Economic Crimes unit assisted by KRA officials, 2 drums of ethanol, 40 Cartons of Euro Brandy Gin, 90 Cartons of Sambuka vodka, 6 Cartons of starLight Vodka, 160 Cartons of Budget Vodka and 49 Cartons of Queens vodka all affixed with KRA Counterfeit stamps were recovered. 

Also impounded was an illegal bottling machine, half a roll of counterfeit KRA stamps and 36,000 pieces of the same. 

Assorted empty bottles, cartons, caps and drums were also recovered. 

The value of the goods seized was estimated at Sh,5.94 million and total tax lost Sh. 2.38 million 

The products were seized and a notice of offence serial number 7,700 issued. The bottling plant was also dismantled.  

Efforts to arrest the owner of the unlicensed business who is believed to be one Joseph Kanja, are at advanced stages.

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