July 1, 2018 – Jersey City, New Jersey, USA The International Alliance for Responsible Drinking (IARD), issued a report ‘Alcohol in the Shadow Economy’ in June 2018. IARD is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to addressing harmful drinking and promoting responsible drinking. The Washington, DC based organization is supported by member companies from the alcohol industry. The…

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…

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 12, 2018 – Songkhla, Thailand Following a prolonged investigation, soldiers, police, and local officials raided a two-story townhouse in Hat Yai, a municipality know as a shopping destination. The busy commercial sectors of Hat Yai are interspersed with middle and middle-class housing developments and units. The Ratdamari Road raid was conducted on a two-story…

Kfar Bara, Israel – April 26, 2018 Acting on a tip, Israeli Border Police executed a raid in the small town of Kfar Bara in pursuit of a fake alcohol factory. Entering the building, once used as a hanger, Israeli Border Police found a large fake alcohol factory. Among the dust and debris, police found…

April 11,2018 – Lagos, Nigeria As the result of Community tips, Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Edgal Imohimi, led a raid on a factory that was producing fake malt and stout drinks. Praising the confidence that the Police have received from the Community near Igbogbo Bayeku area of Ikorodu, the Chief noted that unsuspecting consumers…

March 31, 2018 – Lagos, Nigeria Benjamin Ojuku travelled to China to study how to make wines and spirituous liquor. The 55-year-old alcohol entrepreneur returned to Nigeria in 2015 to start his business in Nnewi, Anambra state. Mr. Ojukwu was arrested on March 30, 2018 by the Lagos State Police Command for selling adulterated wines…

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…

Saudi Arabia – February 16, 2018 In Saudi Arabia alcohol possession and consumption is illegal, punishable by up to 500 lashes. Yet, it has been rumored that the Kingdom is one of the largest consumers of Johnnie Walker Black Label in the Middle East. In a country where liquor is illegal, the only way the…

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