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A multi-agency team has intercepted suspected illicit liquor labeled as genuine brands from an illegal distiller along Eastern Bypass in Nairobi County.

The team managed to recover thousands of liters of alcoholic beverages without genuine Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) and Kenya Bureau of Standards (Kebs) stamps.

Police led by lead investigators said the alcoholic drinks were seized at a go down within a mega business park where they were being packed for distribution in Ruiru, Eastern Bypass, Thika and Weitethie among markets.

The officers from Kenya Police, Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) and KRA stormed the go down where the liquor with an estimated street value of Ksh 100 million was being distilled.

Led by DCI Economic Crimes Unit boss Abdullahi Shurie, the team carted away hundreds of cartons containing the alcohol and other distilling equipment into two trailers.

The drinks which bore names of some known brands were being distilled in what appeared like a makeshift distillery that does not measure up to standards.

Shurie said police are looking for the owner of the premises who was not around when the raid was carried out.

A police source that spoke on condition of anonymity said KRA was losing millions of shillings daily in revenue to business people who circumvent the law.

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