Police Seize illegal Alcohol and Polythene Bags in Kamkunji, Eldoret

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By Isah Asesa

Eldoret police holding two over Sh2 million contraband goods intercepted in Kamukunji estate

A Nema official intercepts banned plastic bags used for wrapping vegetables in Kamukunji estate, Eldoret. Isah Asesa

Police in Eldoret Town are holding two suspects in connection with Sh2 million contraband goods nabbed in Kamukunji estate.

The contract goods include; alcoholic drinks, cigarettes and banned polythene bags nabbed during a raid.

Vegetable wrapped in banned plastic bags at a grocery in Kamukunji estate, Eldoret. Isah Asesa

The officers who were acting on a tip off raided the house of a notorious suspect and seized the illegal goods believed to have been smuggled from Uganda.

Confirming the incident, Eldoret West OCPD Zachariah Bittok said that his officers acted on a tip off from a vigilant member of the public.

“On Friday morning we were tipped by a member of the public over the presence of contract goods in Kamukunji estate. We immediately rushed to the scene and intercepted them together with two suspects who are currently in our custody,” said the police boss.

He went on, “During the raid we arrested two suspects who are now in police custody. One of the suspect is a notorious criminal. He has several cases currently pending cases in court.”

Mr Bittok disclosed that the impounded cigarettes were meant for export but were being sold locally.

“The contraband goods we have seized today are valued at approximately Sh2 million. Actually we have realized that the cigarettes were meant to be exported but they were being sold locally,” said Mr Bittok

The OCPD said that cases of contraband goods being seized in the country was increasing.

He said that this was raising an alarm making them worried that the responsible authorities in the border were sleeping on their jobs.

He further warned the youths not to be used by unscrupulous traders to hinder justice.

“Some youths stoned the police during the raid of these illegal goods. I would like to call upon all youths not to be used by these deceitful traders to hinder justice,” said Mr Bittok

Among the seized contraband goods were 3,120 empire gin alcohol, 6,120 champion Vodka, 5,880 X5 Gin, 8,520 Cheers Vodka, 96 205ml Simba Waragi, 120 Kingdom alcohol, 3,660 variety of alcohol in sachets, three types of cigarettes and three bales of banned plastic bags.

Mr Bittok said that the two suspects will be arraigned on Monday.

Joyce Sambu
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