Machakos: Police launch crackdown on illicit liquor

Police in Machakos County have begun efforts to combat the spread of illicit brews in the region.

Machakos County Police Commander, Patrick Lobolia, announced that operations on illegal alcohol production have been started across all sub-counties.

Addressing journalists at his office, Lobolia revealed that suspects have been arrested, and a large amount of illicit brews have been confiscated as part of the ongoing crackdown.

“Our sub-county police commanders have launched extensive operations against illegal alcohol cartels, resulting in multiple arrests. Those arrested will face charges once investigations are concluded,” stated Lobolia.

He further disclosed that authorities are actively pursuing the primary suspect believed to operate a production facility in the Mutituni area. Although the owner evaded arrest during a recent raid, a female suspect associated with the plant is currently in police custody.

During the operation, police discovered plastic basins allegedly used by the suspects for brewing illicit beverages, including suspected ethanol and sanitizers.

Lobolia also confirmed ongoing investigations over allegations of security personnel involvement in the illegal alcohol trade.

He warned of an uptick in cases involving the sale and use of bhang and noted police hardworking and dedication to dealing with such vices from the community.

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