Police in Busia have arrested nine people and impounded 2.5 tonnes of illegal sugar and other counterfeit goods valued at Sh4.5 million in Marachi Estate in Busia in a crackdown on illegal business in the county.
The suspects were nabbed as they were repackaging the sugar into four Toyota Wish saloon cars. One of the vehicles bearing registrations KDD 514W was intercepted and is still at Busia police post.
According to Busia Police CCIO Benson Omondi, Marachi Estate is widely known as a smuggling zone where criminals and “jobless boys” have controlled the operation, causing discomfort to genuine business vendors in town.
“We will intensify daily patrols until all goons and smugglers are out of the county. You either abide by the law or face the full force of it,” said Omondi.
The products which were confirmed to have Ugandan labels included; 44 bags of 25kgs and 27 bags of 50kgs each of sugar alongside 59 crates of beer and one sack of polyethene bags.
The DCI in their statement said the consignment branded Kamuli, Kaliro, and Mayuge Sugar factories in Uganda was estimated at Sh2 million.
Contraband goods find their way into Kenya through the porous Busia and Malaba border with widespread claims of bribery of security officers manning border points. The goods end up in Nairobi and other parts of the country.
Busia Criminal Investigative officer (CIO) Kwemboi Ndiwa said the operation will be free from biases and interference from anybody as no one will be spared in the operation.
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