A multi-agency security team lead by detectives from the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) on Tuesday, April 25, nabbed two suspects found transporting illegal goods in Nairobi.
According to the agency, the suspects who were arrested in an undercover operation were accused of evading tax amounting to Ksh400,000.
The two men, who were ferrying 1,000 litres of ethanol, were apprehended along Waiyaki Way thanks to teamwork between the DCI and National Police Service (NPS) officers among others.
The officers mounted the operation after receiving a tip-off from members of the public.
They acted quickly by laying a trap along the road and intercepting the car that was making its way out of the city.
25 jerricans, each filled with 40 litres of the product, were found neatly packed inside the vehicle.
Kilimani police commander Moses Ndiwa disclosed that the team had already informed relevant departments about the seizure of the goods.
“We arrested them along Waiyaki Way by undercover officers, that is DCI and KPS and we have brought the suspects to the police station,” he stated.
Ndiwa hinted that the confiscated goods originated from a neighbouring country but it was not clear where they were destined for.
The duo are set to be arraigned in court once the sleuths complete their investigations.
The operation came a month after security officers arrested a driver who tried to smuggle ethanol from Tanzania to Kenya.
"We have been able to intercept 288 drums with one truck having 132 and the other 156. They consist of 250 litres of contraband," stated Patrick Omondi, a tax officer based in Loitoktok.
The case is still ongoing.
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