The Spanish Civil Guard just lately dismantled a big counterfeiting ring devoted to importing faux rum. The worldwide operation mixed groups of regulation enforcement working in a number of totally different nations all over the world.
The investigation started in February 2019, based on The Drinks Business. After finding a big consignment of rum bottles in Cádiz, authorities had the liquid analyzed and located it was faux. From there, they traced the bottles again to the Netherlands.
Tracing again even additional, the group discovered that the spirits have been initially produced in the Dominican Republic, then bottled in Honduras. From there, they have been match with counterfeit labels produced in China, and despatched to Spain through tax warehouses in the Netherlands. Upon arrival, the spirits have been then distributed in 10 Spanish cities, together with Barcelona and Madrid.
As soon as officers have been in a position to find the first warehouse in the Netherlands they seized 147,000 counterfeit bottles of rum. Shortly after, Honduran authorities intercepted two extra containers of faux rum price about $605,000.
Whereas authorities shunned sharing particular names, the Spanish Civil Guard defined in a press launch that the spirits have been labeled and bought as three totally different manufacturers.
All in all, officers questioned 50 Spanish, Dutch, and Portuguese firms concerning the operation, whereas greater than 20 people have to date been arrested. With such a classy, worldwide operation, sometime rum could finally overshadow the counterfeit whiskey world.