In Summary
  • Six arrested in connection with the illegal distillery.
  • The suspects were producing various brands of fake alcohol and packaging before selling them to unsuspecting consumers.
  • Suspects to be arraigned in court on Wednesday in a Nairobi court.

The Anti-Counterfeit Agency (ACA) has unearthed an illegal distillery and impounded contraband liquor worth Sh40 million in a homestead in Mutuati, Meru County.

The anti-counterfeit officials in cooperation with police also arrested six people following a raid.

According to ACA enforcement assistant director Lindsay Kipkemoi, the suspects were producing various brands of fake alcohol and packaging before selling them to unsuspecting consumers mostly in Meru, Isiolo and Laikipia counties.

ILLEGAL GOODS

Anti-counterfeit officials found used bottles packed in sacks, bottle tops, fake Kenya Bureau of Standards seals, stickers belonging to five companies and drums of a substance suspected to be ethanol.

The six were arrested and their stores in the homestead ransacked for the illegal goods, following leads from the legal producers of the beverage.

He said the legal producers had raised concerns that their market was full in Meru yet they had not made any supplies.

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