Police uncover distribution network of methanol-laced liquor

The police have uncovered the entire distribution network of methanol-laced bootleg liquor, the head of Czech police, Martin Červíček, told Czech TV on Sunday. The police chief said investigators were now only following one version of what happened but shared no further details as it might interfere with ongoing investigation, he said. The police are planning to release more information at a new conference on Monday.

The methanol crisis has killed 24 people in the Czech Republic over the last several weeks. The police have charged 41 people in connection with methanol poisonings, 17 of whom remain in custody. A breakthrough in the investigation came on Thursday when detectives discovered some 6,000 litres of suspicious liquid in a warehouse in Opava.

Author: Jan Richter