Alcohol smuggling gang unraveled


Police in Piraeus say they have unraveled a gang that smuggled large quantities of alcohol from European Union countries and other areas to Greece.

It said on Thursday that it has arrested three people – two aged 45 and another 55 – and is looking for another three suspects – 66, 30 and 34.

A total of 5,294 bottles of alcoholic beverages were confiscated as were thousands of counterfeit labels, equipment for manufacturing,  blending, bottling and standardization of alcoholic beverages, stickers, as well as 93 boxes of imitation garments of branded companies.

Police said the gang would distribute the alcohol with phony labels to the local market.  The gang’s profits were in the hundreds of thousands, authorities said.