Police swoop on Ostrava bootleg liquor gang

Police and customs officers have announced one of their biggest hauls of bootleg alcohol in recent years. They swooped on a gang operating out of the eastern city of Ostrava finding a lorry filled with around 20,000 litres of spirits with another 10,000 litres in a nearby hall and garages. Seven people were detained with three remaining in custody. Customs officers say the state would have lost around 6.0 million crowns if the entire consignment of bootleg alcohol had gone on sale. A large amount of a special disinfectant used to make the alcohol was shipped across the border from Slovakia for further processing in Ostrava with it later going on sale throughout Moravia.

Author: Chris Johnstone