ELAS “dismantled” a circuit that sold “bombs” drinks in Athens – From tequila to ouzo and mastic – Newsbomb – News
The circuit with its “headquarters” in Koropi, it imported smuggled drinks from Greece to Bulgaria, which it stored, processed and then sold in cellars “beyond suspicion” and in mini markets in Athens and other tourist areas.
“Bombs” drinks that looked like real ones sold big circuit trafficking in alcoholic beverages, which depends on a large police operation in Koropi.
The police officers who undertook the investigation ascertained that the members of the organization from July 2020 onwards entered Greece from Bulgaria, smuggled drinks, which were released, processed and then sold in cellars “beyond suspicion”, as well as in wholesale stores. drinks and mini markets in Attica and other tourist areas.
For the distribution of beverages, they used fictitious documents, and different descriptions of goods, while taking special measures, in order to make it difficult for them to be detected by the prosecuting authorities. Police sources say that they were so “professional” that it was difficult to recognize that they were illegal drinks and not genuine. The drinks that reached the cellars and shops were exact copies. The circuit sold everything from gin and tequila to ouzo, mastic and tsipouro.
Armed police raided the organisation’s hideouts in Koropi, where five people were arrested, including a leading member of the ring.
More than 4,600 bottles of alcoholic beverages, almost 10,000 stickers, 4 vehicles and a sum of almost 40,000 euros were confiscated. The taxes evaded from the activity of the organization are estimated at almost 50,000 euros.
In detail, during the searches in the houses of the arrested, in warehouses and vehicles, were found: 4,638 bottles with affixed labels of branded companies, 9,889 stickers, 30 bottles of solvents,
95 liters of tsipouro, 15 liters of gin, 10 liters of ouzo, 15 liters of mastic, 20 liters of tequila, total amount of 39,495 euros and 485 Bulgarian levs, 4 cars, ie 3 trucks and 1 passenger, 8 mobile phones, revolver, shotgun, 57 physical and handwritten notes.
The quantities of alcoholic beverages that are destroyed will be delivered to the Customs Authorities, while the amount of money will be deposited in the Deposits and Loans Fund. At the same time, samples were taken from the Chemical Service and their examination was ordered by the General State Chemist.
From the data of the investigation and according to the temporary determination of the competent Customs Authority, the charges from the evasion of the Special Consumption Tax, fees and stamps, correspond to at least 49,955.58 euros.
In addition, according to the statements of the companies that have received the trademarks so far, the damage against them amounts to the amount of 157.987.78 euros.
A case was filed against those involved, -as the case may be- for criminal organization, forgery, deliveries of the National Customs Code, the legislation on weapons, the market code and the acceptance and disposal of proceeds of crime.
The preliminary investigation is carried out by the Organized Crime Department of the General Regional Administrative Police of Crete in collaboration with the Operational Directorate of the Attica Financial Crime Prosecution Body / B ‘Sub-Directorate – Department H’ Rule Control
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