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Police bust gang for making fake booze

NOW even the alcohol you drink may be fake.

A five-member ring was busted for producing and selling fake low-end alcohol, Shanghai police said yesterday.

The suspects forged fake labels of Shuanggou Daqu, a popular liquor, and then used cheaper, low-grade alcohol to make it, Hongkou District police said.

More than 40,000 bottles of fake Shuanggou Daqu and Dongbeifang were found in the suspects' hideouts in Baoshan and Songjiang districts, police said. Officers also said they found 70,000 forged labels and that the case is worth an estimated 200,000 yuan (US$31,414).

Police said they did not know how much fake liquor entered the market since the five suspects began producing it in May.

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

"Normally you don't notice much difference in the taste."

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

Detectives discovered the alleged ring leader, surnamed Zhao, had asked partners to forge fake caps and labels in Anhui Province and bought cheap liquor from Jiangsu Province to make fake Shuanggou Daqu.

"They purchased alcohol for less than 2 yuan per bottle and the fake liquor was sold for more than 5 yuan," Qiu said.

The suspects were caught in separate raids in Baoshan and Songjiang on May 28.


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