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25/07/2021

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Homemade alcohol and bottles for packaging discovered during search in Cork city

Homemade alcohol and bottles for packaging discovered during search in Cork city

Homemade alcohol and hundreds of bottles for packaging were among the items discovered during a search in Cork City as part of an investigation into the production of illicit alcohol

Homemade alcohol and hundreds of bottles for packaging were among the items discovered during a search of an apartment in Cork City as part of an investigation into the production of illicit alcohol today. The Operation consisted of Garda members from Anti-Social Behaviour Unit & Detective Branch, Revenue, Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FASI) and the Heath Service Executive (HSE).

During the course of the search, a quantity of homemade alcohol, hundreds of bottles for packaging, a quantity of cash, and a baton were seized. The alcohol being supplied is suspected to be of a high strength and not having undergone any quality controls. Revenue investigations relating to excise matters are on-going. FSAI and HSE will investigate with a view to a prosecution from a public health concern.

The search warrant executed was as a result of a joint investigation into illicit alcohol in Cork City. The multiagency operation was created as a result of a Garda investigation after a suspect was believed to be selling illicit alcohol to people sleeping rough in Cork city.

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