Saturday, 18 November 2017 | 19:16 WIB

Riau Police Exterminate 18 Thousands Bottles of Bootleg Liquor

Illustration: Alcoholic beverages

PEKANBARU, NETRALNEWS.COM - Riau Regional Police destroyed over 18,000 bottles of bootleg liquor of various famous brands revealed by the Directorate of Special Crime Investigation in Pekanbaru on August 2, 2017.

"More than 18,000 liters of liquor, these are the results of the operation of Special Criminal police. After the determination from the prosecutor office, today we destroy," said Deputy Chief of Riau Regional Police Brigadier General Ermi Widyatno in Pekanbaru, Wednesday (8/30/2017).

Ermi said liquor that is not through the manufacturer's standards is very dangerous and can be lethal and may paralyze to the most prone one making someone blind. As in West Java in 2016 as many as 81 people died from fake alcoholic beverages.

The counterfeit alcoholic drinks were seized from a suspect known as RS at his home in Jalan Kulim, Pekanbaru and Warehouse, Jalan Soekarno Hatta. RS as the owner employs five people who mix and blend liquor of various brands such as anggur merah or 'red wine', bigboss, orangtua, and others similar to the original packaging.

The dosage is made with a variety of materials by initially using tap water in the drum. Then 3/4 of alcohol was put into the drum and then stirred and went into liquor containers.

Next according to the concoction of the brand the liquor was put into the bottle and installed the lid by using the mounting tool. Afterwards, packing was done in boxes according to the amount of 20 or 32 bottles.

Finally the box was taped according to liquor code, stamped, arranged and ready for circulation. The marketing according to the suspect's information was made to Jambi and Palembang.

The extermination was done at Tribuana Sports Arena of Pekanbaru. Riau Police deputy chief along with High Prosecutor's Office, the Court, and other elements were witnessed the destruction done by using heavy equipment. (*)