The nationwide crackdown of police over the increased sale of illicit brew and circulation of counterfeit and contraband goods in the past week has been termed successful.
Multiple successful raids have been conducted in bars and brewing dens through the multi-agency approach of teams comprising National Government Administration Officers (NGAO) and police officers from various stations.
“It is no doubt that the outlawed alcoholic drinks and illicit drugs have had adverse immediate, short-term, and long-term negative effects on the public particularly the youth,” National Police Service (NPS) spokesperson Dr. Resila Onyango said.
The multi-agency team destroyed 200 liters of illicit brew (Kangara), seized 80 liters of molasses, and arrested three male adults possessing several rolls of bhang and twelve sachets of heroin in Kiambu County.
The suspects were booked and arraigned in court.
One suspect was arrested at a bar where 10 cartons and 200 bottles of 250 ml Vodka Spring with fake KRA stamps were retrieved, and another suspect apprehended at a wine and spirits with assorted brands of alcoholic drinks were recovered affixed with fake KRA stamps in Nyandrua County.
In Bomet County, 47 rolls of bhang and 24 stones of the same were nabbed, and six illegal gambling machines were confiscated.
Several operations were conducted in Nairobi County, where several people were arrested for operating bars without liquor licenses.
The police destroyed 4,060 liters of illicit brew in Kibira, and two people were arrested.
Additionally, two female suspects were apprehended with 100 liters of illicit brew in Ganga Ward, Tharaka Nithi County.
650 liters of illicit brew were netted in Kisii County, and distillation apparatus nabbed from different Chang’aa dens were destroyed.
“NPS therefore shall not relent in the fight against the illicit brew menace and assures the public of its commitment to get rid of illicit brews and contraband goods.”
The public has been urged to share information related to illicit brew and the circulation of counterfeit and contraband goods by reporting to the police station or calling 999,911,112 and 0800722703 to the DCI.