Police down fake liquor operation
Two men are arrested on suspicion of manufacturing counterfeit alcoholic drinks; police find thousands of bottles, labels and equipment at the site.
Two men were arrested Tuesday on suspicion of manufacturing counterfeit alcoholic drinks.
According to the police, one of the men, Gabi Ben-Naim, operated a still manufacturing fake name-brand vodka at a site in Ra'anana. Police found thousands of bottles, labels and equipment at the site. Investigators also found a bottling machine and dozens of fake name-brand bottles at Ben-Naim's home and a storage facility in Tel Aviv. Police also confiscated 16 counterfeit bottles at a club owned by Ben-Naim in Tel Aviv.
Law enforcement officials suspect that the labels, for Grey Goose and Van Gogh vodkas and Johnny Walker whiskey, had been smuggled into the country.
The other suspect, Mordechai Mor, is suspected of distributing the fake liquor.
Police discovered the operation after they opened an unclaimed shipment that arrived in Israel from Europe, which they found to held hundreds of caps for Van Gogh vodka.