Officers from Liverpool City Council’s Alcohol and Tobacco Unit seized 132 bottles of illicit vodka from an off licence as part of a joint operation with Merseyside Police.
After visiting Discount Booze on Stanley Road on 28 March and seizing a quantity of vodka labelled Metropolis worth £2,500 (pictured above), a study of the bottles showed the duty paid number on the bottles was not consistent with the manufacturer.
Also seized was a quantity of counterfeit tobacco from Taz Newsagents on Rocky Lane. A total of 84 packets of 50 grams of Golden Virginia and 580 cigarettes with a total street value of £7500 were discovered hidden in the shop.
Councillor Christine Banks, Chair of the Licensing Committee, said: “The Alcohol and Tobacco Unit could not determine where Metropolis Vodka came from or the company that made it, which means that it is impossible to guarantee its quality.
“These type of spirits are often topped up with toxic substances, such as methanol, which pose a serious risk to health, so it is vital that people do not drink it.”
Both shops have received cautions, as have Quality Bargains on Rocky Lane where 1,300 counterfeit cigarettes worth £650 were found recently, and County Pound Plus on County Road in Walton where 1,100 illegal cigarettes with a street value of £500 were discovered.