KENYA – Kenyan police have cracked down on a major contraband milk powder syndicate, seizing 32.5 tonnes at a godown along the Eastern Bypass in Nairobi.
The sting operation was orchestrated by the Operations Support Unit (OSU) detectives.
The covert mission was set in motion when an undercover detective posed as a potential buyer, led to Kamakis area along Eastern Bypass by a known broker in Eastleigh. An unsuspecting transaction unfolded, culminating in the arrival of a truck loaded with 150 bags, each weighing 25 kilograms.
The agreed price per bag was Ksh16, 500 (U.S$104.26) totaling a jaw-dropping Ksh2, 475,000 (U.S$ 15,639.52) for the entire illicit transaction.
Shockingly, the truck, accompanied by the consignment owner, Joseph Waweru, managed to elude capture, leaving detectives in pursuit.
Raid reveals multinational brands and starch hoard
Following successful interrogation, the OSU team traced the main suspect, Joseph Waweru, to a godown located at Twin Industrial Park Godowns within Ruai, off Eastern Bypass.
Inside, authorities unearthed an astonishing stash, including 1150 bags of milk powder weighing 25 kilograms each, spanning five different brands.
The illicit inventory further included 289 bags, each weighing 25 kilograms, of maize corn starch, hinting at the scope and diversity of the contraband operation.
A truck accompanied by 17 empty drums suspected to be used for transporting ethanol, was also discovered within the godown.
The brands identified in the contraband haul encompassed global origins, with 181 bags of Fresh Dairy from Brookside Uganda, 421 bags of Gardo from New Zealand, 485 bags of Non-Dairy Creamer from China, 56 bags of SAMA from New Zealand, and 6 bags of Lato from Uganda.
Additionally, 289 bags of maize corn starch originating from India were part of the illicit collection.
Joseph Waweru and his accomplice, Ali Noor, are currently in police custody as investigations continue to unravel the contraband milk powder syndicate.