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Case of mock Moutai all sealed up

SHANGHAI Railway Police yesterday were holding the last of five suspects who tried to peddle 1,800 bottles of fake Moutai, the country's most prestigious liquor.

The fakes had a face value of 1.3 million yuan (US$190,000), police said.

The case goes back to January 2, when police were tipped off by a licensed Moutai company in Guizhou Province that some phony Moutai would be carried to the Shanghai South Railway Station.

Police soon seized 600 bottles of bogus Moutai and other fake liquor brands. A suspect named Xu Jun was caught two days later when he went to the station to claim the liquor.

Xu, 53, told police that he bought the booze from a relative in Guizhou Province and planned to sell it in Shanghai. Xu bought it at 2,100 yuan per carton of 12 bottles, officers said. Xu had already sold 50 cartons in December at 3,200 yuan per carton, police said.

Officers nabbed another 1,000 bottles on January 10 and 11 at the south station.

Three more suspects, who sold the liquor in Jiangsu Province, were seized later, police said.

Xu's relative, surnamed Zeng, was caught on May 13 in Guizhou, police said. Police brought Zeng back to Shanghai yesterday.


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