A woman accused of selling bootleg whiskey in Johnnie Walker Red Label and Black Label bottles was sent to the Banteay Meanchey provincial court yesterday after police found hundreds of bottles of fake booze during a raid on her Poipet home.
Chab Sothearith, chief of Banteay Meanchey’s Anti-Economic Offence Bureau, said yesterday he had received a tip from villagers on Wednesday afternoon, informing him that the suspect, 54-year-old Sous Thida, was operating the illegal business out of a house on National Road 5 in Poipet’s Kbal Spean village.
Local police and officers from Cam-Control raided the house at 4pm, he said.
Along with hundreds of bottles of whiskey, investigators turned up hundreds of children’s toys which police also suspect the accused woman of selling.
“The suspect has run this business for a long time,” Chab Sothearith said.
Local police chief San Sean said that because Poipet was near a border crossing with Thailand, many illegal goods were sold in the town.