During a 16-hour islandwide operation on 30 April 2013 , Police arrested 12 male and 2 female subjects, aged between 37 to 57 years old, for their involvement in the reproduction and distribution of adulterated liquor.
The successful arrest of the syndicate leader, his runners and the production crew is the result of collaboration between officers from the Criminal Investigation Department, the Police Intelligence Department and Singapore Customs. In the course of the operation, a production facility, two distribution outlets, a storage place and a retail outlet located at Woodlands Industrial Park , Ang Mo Kio Ave 5, Hougang, Aljunied Road and Beach Road were raided respectively. About 520 bottles of adulterated liquor infringing the trade marks of renowned liquor brands and 65 jerry-cans of adulterated liquor (equivalent to 2,275 bottles), related counterfeit accessories as well as production equipment were seized. The items seized amounted to an estimated street value of more than S$336,000. Investigation is still ongoing.
Head of the Intellectual Property Rights Branch, Criminal Investigation Department, Superintendent Teo Cheow Beng commended his officers for their excellent investigative work which led to the arrest of the suspects. He said “Adulterated liquor not only hurts the interests of legitimate companies but may also harm the health of consumers. Police take a serious view of such syndicated piracy and will pursue all available leads to clamp down on offenders.”
Anyone found guilty of selling, distributing or manufacturing infringing articles of any work in which trade mark subsists, may be fined up to S$10,000 per article (capped at a maximum of S$100,000), or jailed for a maximum of 5 years or both.