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Police bust criminal ring, seize 40,000 bottles of fake liquor

SHANGHAI police said today they have busted a five-member fake liquor ring and seized more than 40,000 bottles of counterfeit Shuanggou Daqu, a popular liquor brand, in their hideout in Hongkou District.

It is not known how many bottles of fake liquor have entered the market since the five suspects began fake liquor production in May as police also found 70,000 forged brand labels in their hideout.

Police said they received a tip-off from a grocery store owner after his customers complained about the odd taste of the liquor.

Police detectives discovered that the ring leader, surnamed Zhao, asked two partners to forge fake caps and labels in Anhui Province and bought cheap liquor from Jiangsu Province to make fake Shuanggou Daqu.

The fake liquor was then sold one yuan less than the market price to wholesale markets in the suburbs.

"Most of the fake liquor was bought by migrant workers at construction sites where cheap liquor is in big demand," said detective Qiu Zhengfeng.

The five suspects were caught in a raid on May 28 in Baoshan and Songjiang districts.

Officials reminded locals to buy alcohol in authorized stores. Samples of the fake liquor have been sent to the food safety department to check if it is harmful to health.


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