Police arrested nine suspects in northern Israel on Tuesday on suspicion of production, distribution and selling of fake alcoholic beverages and placing the health of drinkers 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 tags.
A 42-year-old Nahariya resident and a 32-year-old Haifa resident allegedly produced the alcohol and stored them in an industrial zone in Nesher, outside of Haifa.
The suspects then allegedly mixed chemical substances to make the liquid transparent in order to sell it as vodka. Other substances were mixed with additives to give them brown coloring, and sold as whiskey. The substances were then sold to illegal distilleries around the country.
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