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4 suspects due in court over expired rice scam

The raid followed a tip-off to the multi-agency team that included police and public health officials.
More than 20 DCI officers were involved in the operation/MOSES MUOKI

NAIROBI, Kenya, May 15 – Four suspects are expected in court Wednesday following the unearthing of a scheme where expired rice was being re-packaged to dupe unsuspecting Kenyans.

This is after Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) detectives seized tonnes of expired rice during a raid at a go-down in the sprawling Kariobangi estate and arrested the suspects.

DCI Director George Kinoti said he authorized the security operation on receiving a tip-off about activities at Ki-mende Stores, where the rice was being re-packaged into small packets of popular brands.

He said the brownish rice was being re-packed from bags bearing the expiry date as 2019, into new bags marked 2021.

The raid followed a tip-off to the multi-agency team that included police and public health officials.

More than 20 DCI officers were involved in the operation.

Also seized were packages of cooking fat and sugar which Kinoti said will be subjected to further tests to determine suitability for human consumption.

The seizure is the latest in the renewed crackdown on contraband goods, having started in mid-2018 with several suspects arrested and arraigned in court.

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