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Police arrest people for making, distributing fake foreign booze

Police have arrested three suspects who allegedly manufactured fake foreign-branded alcoholic drinks in two townships in Yangon, a senior police officer said.

The suspects were arrested during a raid of houses in Htantabin and Mingaladon townships after receiving a tip from an informant about illegal activity in the area.

During the raids, police officers seized fake foreign-brand liquor in the houses of the suspects, a police officer who participated in the raids said.

“They made fake foreign booze and store in the houses and sell them around the city,” the officer said.

Among the liquor seized in the raids were two crates of Johnnie Walker Black Label whisky, two crates of Johnnie Walker Red Label whisky, and one crate of Ballantine’s whisky.

The suspects would be charged with producing fake products and violating the country’s trademark law.

“In some shops, some people pay a good price for foreign alcohol bottles, bottle caps and paper boxes. It is hard to identify whether they are real or not. Imitators try to produce fake bottles, bottle caps, labels, etc.” said Ko Kyaw Thein Win, a manager of a restaurant at Tarmwe township.

Source: Myanmar Times

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