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Activity of clandestine alco-businesses organized by the locals was stopped in Ternopil region

08.10.2019 -

Employees of the tax police of the Head office of the SFS in Ternopil region detected and eliminated the scheme of illegal production and sale of the counterfeit alcohol beverages.

Two residents of the region who organized and provided two clandestine workshops that illegally produced ethyl alcohol and alcohol beverages from alcohol-containing liquids over the 2018-2019 were identified within the framework of the operation “Excise-2019” and the investigation of criminal proceeding under Part 1 Article 199, Part 1 Article 204 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine.

Defendants used special equipment manufactured by one of the defendants that allowed to produce the counterfeit products with 93-95 percent of alcohol.

Furtherly the defendants sold the counterfeit alcohol beverages and ethyl alcohol to the end consumers through their own retail facility located in the area of the region.

Almost 4.8 thousand liters of alcohol-containing liquids and 180 liters of ethyl alcohol poured into plastic containers, as well as equipment and other means for the illicit production of alcohol beverages, empty plastic containers and the car used by the defendants were seized from illicit turnover and transferred to responsible storage according to the results of authorized searches conducted in the places of illegal production and sale of the counterfeit excisable goods, as well as in the car used for its transportation.

The total value of the seized commodity-material values exceeds 1 million UAH including the value of excisable goods - 742 thousand UAH.

Investigation is ongoing.