SBU blocks large-scale production and sale of counterfeit alcohol
SBU officers blocked illegal production and sale of counterfeit alcohol from low grade raw materials in Khmelnytskyi region.
The law enforcers established that four residents of Kamyanets-Podilskyi organized producing of counterfeit alcoholic beverages under the guise of the well-known brands. The underground workshop of producing counterfeit drinks was equipped in the city abandoned warehouse. The finished “products” were poured into the so-called PET bottles of different capacities and bag-in-box packages. The dealers sold the fake vodka in the region through the confidants.
During the authorized search in the underground workshop, about 5,000 l of ethyl alcohol and 2,000 l of counterfeit alcohol, as well as about 50 boxes of counterfeit tobacco products were seized. The cost of the seized “goods” according to the prices of the “black market” was about UAH 2,000,000 (USD 76,923).
The offenders were served a notice of suspicion in committing the crime. The issue of choosing a measure of restraint is being decided. The investigative actions in the framework of the criminal proceeding initiated under Part 2 Article 28, Part 1, 2, 3 Article 204 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine are under way.
The operation was conducted jointly with the Fiscal Service and the Prosecutor's Office.
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