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Bungoma police bust chang'aa smuggling racket

09 July 2014, 11:24 Arap Yego

Bungoma - Police in Bungoma have busted a chang'aa smuggling racket believed to be behind the trafficking of illicit brew from Western Kenya to other parts of the country.  

Security agents in Mateka area, Bumula sub-County, flagged down a lorry carrying cereals Wednesday morning only to find over a thousand litres of the potent brew packed in polythene bags concealed under the grains.  

The lorry’s owner, driver and two loaders who were aboard the lorry in the 2am incident are being held at Bungoma police station and are expected to appear in court once investigations are over.  

Bungoma County Commissioner, Maalim Mohamed who confirmed the incident said the lorry was ferrying 110 bags of maize and 19 other bags of chang’aa that was disguised as maize.  

“Police officers on patrol became suspicious of the cargo the Mitsubishi lorry was ferrying as the driver chose to use a short cut from Nambale at the ungodly hour. After an inspection, the concealed illicit brew of over 1 500 litres of chang’aa was found,” said Mohamed.  

The county commissioner said the owner of the consignment, which had 32 packets of two and half litres of chang’aa in each bag, on being questioned told the police that the cargo was destined for Ruiru in Kiambu County.  

“This just shows how innovative dealers in illicit brew are getting to smuggle and transport the products. We suspect that this has been going on for sometime.  I thank my officers for being on high alert and doing a commendable job by nabbing the suspects,” said Mohamed.  

He cautioned dealers in illegal brews that their days are numbered and told those smuggling the brews through the region that they will be nabbed.  

“Our officers are on high alert and carry out patrols 24/7; it is only a matter of time before we catch up with the culprits dealing in illicit brews and drugs,” warned the county commissioner.   

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