Alcohol with a potential retail value of €460,000 was seized on a premises and farm buildings yesterday.
Approximately, 12,000 litres of counterfeit vodka type spirits were seized at the illicit production plant in Co. Louth.
Revenue officers and armed gardaí from the Garda Armed Support Unit from Dundalk seized 586 litres of finished ‘vodka’ type product, which was bottled, sealed, labelled and boxed. A further 4,000 litres of raw alcohol product at a large-scale plant with a potential to produce in the region of 12,000 litres of ‘vodka’ type spirits was also seized during the raid.
Revenue seized all the production line apparatus, all of which were deemed counterfeit. A forklift and cash amounts of €5,000 and £1,000 were seized also.
Revenue highlighted purchasing reputable alcohol sources.
“Vodka is the most commonly counterfeited alcohol and often contains high quantities of methanol, a poisonous chemical that can cause breathing difficulties, liver damage or blindness; and isopropyl alcohol, a chemical solvent commonly found in nail varnish remover,” it said.
Revenue also said that these recent seizures are part of the Revenue’s ongoing operations targeting the supply and the sale of illegal and counterfeit alcohol in the shadow economy.
Revenue says that if businesses or members of the public have any information regarding the smuggling or sale of illegal or counterfeit alcohol, they can contact Revenue on the free-line 1800 295 295.