MELAKA: Police arrested seven people, including a woman, for bottling illicit liquor.
Melaka CID chief Asst Comm Mohd Nor Yhazid Idris said the 4,366 bottles of counterfeit booze worth close to RM1.5mil were seized alongside with five vehicles and fake stamp duty stickers with the Customs Department logo.
He said police detained the seven aged between 22 and 39 at four separate locations here on Tuesday (April 30).
“Two of those arrested are foreigners and all have been remanded from two to three days starting Wednesday (May 1)," he said in a statement Thursday (May 2).
ACP Mohd Nor said investigations were ongoing under Section 135(1)(d) of the Customs Act 1967.
It is learnt that the syndicate made huge profits by peddling the poor-quality liquor adulterated with unhealthy ingredients and industrial alcohol to watering holes here.
The syndicate’s illicit operation was located at Taman Sri Krubong, Taman Seri Teknologi Cheng and Taman Cheng Perdana.
He said various popular and expensive brands were counterfeited by the syndicate.
A local liquor distributor who requested anonymity told The Star that the demand for fake booze had fuelled such illicit industry.
He said the bottles are sold cheaper than the authenticate products and entertainment outlets would order a few cartons.
“Thankfully, police crippled this syndicate and this helps genuine distributors like us,” he added.