June 19, 2018 – Sydney, Australia Investigative journalists, Riley Stuart and Greg Miskelly, writing for ABC in Australia filed numerous freedom of information requests in pursuit of counterfeit alcohol stories.  One of the files they reviewed as part of their freedom of information filing tells the story of a million-dollar outback bootlegger.  The reporters pieced…

June 18, 2018 – Sydney, Australia Two investigative reporters in Australia, Riley Stuart and Greg Miskelly filed freedom of information requests to pursue a lead concerning fake imported scotch and tequila being sold in liquor stores throughout Australia. Publishing their findings on ABC Australia, the documents obtained by the reporters confirm that several Australian companies…

June 3, 2018 – Quanzhou City, China The Police in Quanzhou City are doing their part to ensure the safety of alcoholic beverages. In a three-prong raid, investigators were able to take down three counterfeit alcohol workshops along with 15 suspects. This was not a sophisticated counterfeit alcohol scheme, even though police estimated that the…

May 13, 2018 – Guadalajara, Mexico As reported in Mexico News Daily, Federal Prosecutors aided by the Criminal Investigation Agency raided a warehouse in the El Álamo industrial park based on a compliant filed by the Consejo Regulador del Tequila (CRT). Upon entering the production facility housed inside the industrial park warehouse, investigators seized two…

May 09, 2018 – Guangdong, China Guangdong Police have made it a strike out, busting the 3rd Fake Penfolds wine counterfeiting ring in the last six months. This counterfeit wine ring did it the easy way, buying cheap domestic wine at $4 a bottle, pouring it in to counterfeit wine bottles and applying forged Penfolds Wine…

April 26, 2018 – The Hague, Netherlands Operation Opson VII was a joint operation combining the resources of Interpol and Europol that ran over the course of 4 months, From December 2017 through March 2018. Operation Opson VII was conducted in over sixty countries with coordinated efforts of local as well as national police forces…

April 20, 2018 – West Java, Indonesia Responding to a massive surge in deaths from alcohol poisoning throughout Indonesia in April, West Java Police have announced the arrest of a suspected fake alcohol producer. West Java Police general crime investigation department director Sr. Comr. Umar Surya Fana confirmed that his personnel assisted in the arrest…

Jakarta, Indonesia – April 19, 2018 On the heels of a surge in bootleg liquor deaths, the National Police Deputy Director Comr. Gen. Syafruddin has directed all regional Police Chiefs to put Bootleg Liquor at the top of their priority list. The Deputy Chief is mandating that local Police Chiefs are to take proactive steps…

March 28,2018 – Zhengzhou, China Central China Police have raided a warehouse in Zhengzhou, China uncovering more than 50,000 bottles of Fake Wine. The wine in question was labeled as the prestigious Australian Penfolds brand. The value of the 8300 cases of fake wine, branded as Penfolds was estimated at $3.7 Million. Treasury Wine Estates…

March 26, 2018 – Jalisco, Mexico The Consejo Regulador del Tequila (CRT) known in English as the Tequila Regulatory Council has issued a warning that the Tequila industry is riddled with corruption and bribery. The CRT was established in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico in 1994 as the ONLY organization to certify Tequila conformity to the Mexican…