Yesterday evening, a consignment of counterfeit alcoholic drinks that had been affixed with fake Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) stamps was impounded at a residential property in the area of Ruai by DCI detectives acting on intelligence leads.
The ongoing operation, which is aimed at addressing high-level tax evasion schemes by traders dealing in alcoholic products, led to the recovery of over 200 cartons containing thousands of bottles of counterfeited spirits that were destined for the local market.
The safety of the counterfeit drinks for consumers could not be immediately ascertained, and they were packaged in branded bottles that are popular locally, including Kane Extra, Trace Vodka, Konyagi, Blue Ice, Kibao Vodka, and Chrome Vodka, among others.
In addition to the counterfeit drinks, an alcohol mixer and fake KRA stamps were also recovered during the raid.
One suspect, Teresia Nyokabi Ngatia, was arrested during the operation and is currently being held in custody at Kamulu police station, where they are being processed for arraignment.
This ongoing operation is a part of efforts to combat tax evasion and protect the safety of consumers by ensuring that all products on the market are legitimate and comply with relevant regulations.