|Counterfeit distilling and bottling plant seized in Liverpool|
|Written by Carol Emmas|
|Wednesday, 05 December 2012 14:51|
An illegal distilling and bottling plant set up to produce branded counterfeit spirits and wine has been seized by Trading Standards officers and Merseyside Police in Liverpool.
The business was set up to produce schnapps, brandy, whisky, vodka and wine and had stocks of branded empty bottles including Bells, Jameson, Smirnoff, Glen Moray which were filled up and then sold to customers.
The raid follows the sale of six bottles of illicit vodka to an undercover officer from the city council's Alcohol and Tobacco Unit (ATU). Since then the stills and fermentation tanks have all been seized by Trading Standards Officers along with 500 bottles and more than of 200 litres of various spirits and wine from the residential premesis.
Initial analysis reports suggest that the drink produced is not high quality and is clearly not genuine branded product.
The householder has been questioned in relation to these offences and a full investigation is in process.