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Counterfeit liquor worth R24500 recovered

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On Friday, 11 November 2016, at about 14:00, Ethekwini Inner South Cluster Task Team tackled two suspects with 156 bottles of counterfeit liquor at the Unit 9 Shopping Centre in Chatsworth. The Task Team reacted swiftly after receiving information from a reliable source that a white Ford Ranger is transporting liquor which is illicit. The team recovered 13 boxes of liquor, in various bottles such as Bells Whisky, Russian Bear Vodka, Johnnie Walker Red Label, Klipdrift, Smirnoff 1818 Vodka and J&B Scotch Whisky. The total value for the counterfeit liquor is approximately R24500. Both suspects have been arrested and the illicit liquor will be sent to the lab for testing.

According to research, ‘fake’ alcoholic drinks can be produced using other cheaper types of alcohol which can have a serious adverse effect on your health. Drinking counterfeit alcoholic drinks can cause nausea and vomiting, abdominal pain, drowsiness and dizziness. It can also lead to kidney or liver problems if consumed in high amounts.

Ethekwini Inner South Cluster Commander, Major General Keerath Nunkumar commended members on their swift action in recovering the counterfeit liquor. “We will be clamping down on the crime during this festive season and keeping a watchful eye for counterfeit liquor which is known to be distributed in high amounts during the festive season”, he said.