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Illegal Booze Producers Caught in Riverland

Raid at elk lake

The Australian Taxation Office, in conjuction with SAPOL, have uncovered a case of illegal alcohol production in the Murraylands.

Following information provided to Crime Stoppers, the joint team report that they have uncovered the extent of a backyard operation at Riverglades on Wednesday.
Investigators allegedly found equipment and ingredients used in the manufacturing of illicit alcohol along with 21 bottles of what they believe to be illicit alcohol.

ATO Assistant Commissioner Peter Vujanic said this seizure demonstrates the ATO’s commitment to detect and disrupt theillicit alcohol trade.

“Excise licences are only granted where appropriate under the Excise Act, which includes needing to have appropriate experience, equipment and premises.

"Illegally distilled spirits can pose a health risk and even be fatal in some cases. This is due to the volatility of the distillation process and the possible toxicity of improperly produced alcohol.

“Although beer and wine can be made legally at home for personal consumption, a licence is required to make spirits, even if it is intended only for personal use," Mr Vujanic said, adding that as this case shows how the wider community has an important role to play in helping to stamp out the illegal alcohol trade,

“If you have any knowledge or concerns about someone doing distilling spirits illegally, you should report it to the ATO on 1800 060 062 or your local police station,” Mr Vujanic said.

As this operation is still ongoing, no further information is available on the case at this stage.

Image: Wikiwand - A police raid confiscating illegal alcohol, in Elk Lake, Canada, in 1925.