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DCI raid illegal alcohol manufacturing plant in Nairobi, 8 arrested

Several assorted spirits nabbed in the overnight raid

DCI raid illegal alcohol manufacturing plant in Nairobi, 8 arrested

Eight people have been arrested in a swoop by Directorate of Criminal Investigations at an illegal alcohol processing plant.

During the raid, assorted boxes alcoholic beverages and spirits together with KRA Corporate stickers were confiscated.

Among spirits recovered were Star Spirit, Blue Ice Vodka and empty plastics that are suspected tobe used in packaging the counterfeit liquor.

This is believed to be part of a long-running crackdown on manufacturers of counterfeit products that put the lives of millions at risk and deny companies making genuine products millions of shillings on revenue.

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Taking to Twitter, DCI announced that the raid was made possible following a tip-off from members of the public.

Previous reports have identified areas around Kariobangi light industries as the headquarters of counterfeit criminal enterprise in Nairobi.

Below are more photos of the raid.

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In February this year, officers from the Directorate of Criminal Investigations and Kenya Revenue Authority raided Africa Spirit Limited over tax evasion claims.

Africa Spirits is a licensed manufacturer of portable spirits including Glen Rock, Legend Black, Blue Moon, Legend Brandy, Gypsy King and Furaha.

During the raid DCI officers arrested Production Manager of its Thika factory after consignments of counterfeit excise stamps were found in the plant.

DCI had launched investigations after large consignments of counterfeit excise stamps and suspected illicit ethanol were found within the factory premises. An estimated 21 million counterfeit excise stamps and 312,000 litres of illicit products valued at Sh1.2 billion in estimated tax were seized.

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