Embu: Security agencies seize counterfeit liquor, arrest three suspects

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On Thu, 23 Jun, 2022 17:19 | < 1 min read
Police seize haul of counterfeit liquor in Gatondu, Embu county. PHOTO/Brian Malila
Police seize haul of counterfeit liquor in Gatondu, Embu county. PHOTOs/Brian Malila

Three people have been arrested for producing counterfeit liquor in a residential house in Embu county.

According to police, the haul of assorted illegal counterfeit liquor was being produced behind bars in Gatondo Village of Itabua Sub-location.

Confirming the incident, Embu West Deputy County Commissioner Mercy Gatobu said those they arrested are two women and one man.

"We found them cleaning empty bottles so that they can do package, also there were already packed liquor and bottles sealed," Gatobu said.

Some of the goods netted, according to Gatobu, include 13 crates of assorted liquor, 28 empty crates, 22 jerricans filled with liquid suspected to be ethanol, a carton of bottle tops and two rolls of counterfeit duty stamps.

Also, police confiscated a canter truck and a saloon car believed to be used to transport the liquor.

Gatobu noted that they received a tip-off from members of the public before fencing the premises.

She said those arrested will help police to trace the owner of the premise who is in hiding.

The DCC lauded members of the public for volunteering information that resulted in the arrests.

“We continue to urge our people to keep divulging information in relation to acts of criminality in their areas to law enforcers,” Gatobu pleaded.

Embu West Subcounty police commander Julius Kyumbule said they will continue in the crackdown to weed out such unscrupulous traders who are killing society with illegal liquor.

This comes barely a week after another consignment was netted in Makima in Mbeere South.

Following the increased cases of illegal alcoholic manufacturing, the county police are on high alert to zero-rate the vice.

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