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Detectives seize fake stamps in Athi River

Thursday, November 10th, 2022 07:10 | By
New DCI boss Mohammed Amin. PHOTO/DCI/Twitter
New DCI boss Mohammed Amin. PHOTO/DCI/Twitter

Detectives from the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) and the Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) have recovered over 800,000 bottles of uncustomed alcohol valued at over Sh100 million and 130,000 fake KRA stamps at an alcohol manufacturing plant in Athi River.

The consignment of 33,529 cartons each containing 25 bottles included 26628 cartons of Smart Vodka, 1569 cartons of Power Vodka, 1336 crates of Gold Ice of 500ml, 546 crates of Smart Ice 500 ml, and 3450 boxes of Smart Vodka, all without KRA stamps.

The alcohol was retained by the KRA officials in their warehouse which is being guarded by officers from the Rapid Response Unit (RDU) while the counterfeit stamps have been retained by the DCI detectives.

“Go-down number 11 where Manchester distillers operate the unknown alcoholic production plant has been sealed by the KRA officers and are yet to complete the audit. The audit will determine how long the alcoholic production plant has been operational and the customs duties payable to the government,” the brief reads.

Preliminary investigations revealed that Manchester Distillers (K) company has only one director and shareholder namely Mwaniki Nyaga Mwara who is yet to be traced. However, his employees were grilled by the detectives and their statements recorded.

Detectives accompanied by KRA officers had earlier seized a Mitsubishi Canter registration number KCG 211V which contained 1,000 bottles of alcohol.

Investigations were launched leading to a raid at the warehouse and offices of Manchester Distillers situated at GIBI Business Park in Athi River.

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