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Guards smash counterfeit vodka plant

Friday, May 23 15:35:06

In an intelligence-led operation involving a number of European Customs agencies, officers from Revenue's Customs Service and the Gardai have smashed a major counterfeit vodka facility.

They uncovered a major haul of counterfeit vodka labelling and packaging material and bottle closures in Kilcurry, Co. Louth last Wednesday night. Over 110,000 bottle closures, 400,000 counterfeit vodka labels and 500 counterfeit cardboard outer cases were uncovered by officers in a shed in Kilcurry.

While counterfeit alcohol was not uncovered, a bottle filling machine and ancillary equipment were seized.

Two people were questioned and investigations are continuing, the Gardai said.

Revenue said that it would like to remind the public that cheap alcohol from an irregular source is likely to be counterfeit and could potentially cause serious harm if consumed.

It also takes much needed funds from the Exchequer and hurts legitimate trade.