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March 2, 2012
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Three arrested for illegal rum

Rasbert Turner, Star Writer

Three persons were arrested yesterday after they were held at a house where the illegal manufacturing of rum was taking place.

Those held in the operation included a woman and two males. They were held during a police operation in the Sydenham community outside Spanish Town, St Catherine.

During the raid, members of the Island Special Constabulary Force went to a premises in the Sydenham community. Armed with a search warrant the team eventually entered the dwelling.

A total of 34 cases of 750ml, marked white overproof rum and four cases of 200ml were discovered. Further search revealed filters, labels, bottles, hoses, label seals and items used in the production of rum.

The police told The Weekend Star that the false rum business is rampant in the parish. "Yes, it is an organised business, they oftentimes buy back the seal from other persons who they later supply with the fake rum," a policeman said.

So precise is the scheme that even professionals in the rum industry find it difficult to separate the fake from the real rum.

Those taken into custody have being held on suspicion of breaches of the Excise Duty and Merchandising Act, obstructing the police and endangering public safety.

"When we went to the address and the strong scent of rum was overwhelming, we could also hear persons throwing away things," a police personnel told The Weekend Star.

The Weekend Star was further informed that a $355,000 value has been placed on the items seized.

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