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May 12, 2014
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Authorities increase vigilance against illegal rums

The police, along with local rum distillers, Wray & Nephew Limited, say they have increased their vigilance against counterfeit rums.

This comes amid reports from several bar and club owners that there has been a resurgence of counterfeit rums on the local market.

Some business operators say since the Government announced an increase in the special consumption tax on some alcoholic products, they are getting more offers of cheaper rums. According to one bar owner, counterfeit rum producers are offering up to J$200 less for their products.

However, spokesman for Wray and Nephew, Colonel Euken Mills, says this was not surprising as unscrupulous persons usually try to capitalise when there is an increase in the price of rum.

Mills says personnel from Wray and Nephew, with assistance from the police, have conducted several operations and have already arrested one person.

Bootleg rum is produced in unsanitary conditions, bottled in discarded branded containers, and resealed with glue and sold to unsuspecting consumers.

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