Police arrested nine suspects in northern Israel on Tuesday on suspicion of the
production, distribution and sale of fake alcoholic beverages and placing the
health of consumers at risk.
The arrests followed an undercover
investigation by the Lahav 433 police unit into illegal distilleries. The
suspects allegedly sold the substances under the guise of famous alcohol
A 42-year-old Nahariya resident and a 32- year-old Haifa resident
allegedly produced the alcohol and stored it in an industrial zone in Nesher,
The suspects then allegedly mixed in chemicals to make the
liquid transparent and appear to be vodka. Other substances were mixed with
additives to give them whiskey’s brown coloring.
The substances were then
sold to illegal distilleries around the country.
Empty whiskey and vodka
bottles were filled with the liquids before being sealed in caps and sold at
full price, police said.
Ants and mosquitoes were found in some of the
bottles. “The health of customers was endangered,” police added.