Three arrested in Narok over illicit alcohol

By: GEORGE SAYAGIE

Police in Narok County arrested three people and impounded a vehicle carrying illegal alcoholic drinks on Thursday.

Narok police boss Paul Leiting said the three, among them one a woman and two men, were arrested with over 3,000 sachets of illicit brews that were being ferried to Nairobi from Busia County.

Speaking to the press in his office, he said the suspects were arrested at a roadblock at Ntulele trading centre along the busy Narok-Maai Mahiu road.

Mr Leiting said the illicit drinks were in different cartons which contained 264 Coffee Spirit sachets, 480 Simba Waragi, 120 sachets of Romeo Vodka and 2,240 sachets of Empire Cane spirit.

POLYTHENE BAGS

“The illicit brew was wrapped in polythene bags and sacks. The police officers were very vigilant and they discovered that what looked like edible farm products was actually illicit brew,” Mr Leiting said.

He said the alcohol was being transported from Mundika area in Busia County, where it was manufactured, before ferrying them to Nairobi and other towns.

The police commander appealed to the members of the public to volunteer any information on people dealing with illegal alcohol in the county.

The suspects will be charged on Friday with being in possession of illicit brew.

On Wednesday, Malaba police arrested six people with similar illicit brews near the Kenya-Uganda border.

The suspect had hidden the illicit brews in a coffin and claimed they were relatives of the deceased and were heading for Nairobi from Mbale in Uganda for burial.

Last week during Mashujaa Day celebrations at Maasai-Mara University, Narok County Commissioner Magu Mutindika said the police would continue carrying out crackdowns on illegal alcohol.

SOURCE: DAILY NATION