Mul­ti­ple ar­rests around coun­try

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Eco­nomic crimes of­fi­cers have ar­rested 22 peo­ple and seized 12 tons of ethanol in a crack­down on two gangs that sup­plied dozens of Greek bars with coun­ter­feit spir­its, the Greek Po­lice an­nounced yes­ter­day. The al­co­hol used to pro­duce the il­le­gal spir­its and empty bot­tles for their dis­tri­bu­tion were brought into Greece from Bul­garia in trucks and taken to one il­le­gal and two li­censed dis­til­leries in Athens, in­ves­ti­ga­tors re­vealed. The bulk of the gangs’ out­put was vodka, they said, adding that the liquor was sold to night­clubs and bars in the cap­i­tal and on Zakyn­thos, Corfu and Crete, among other ar­eas. In­ves­ti­ga­tors es­ti­mate that the gangs’ ac­tiv­i­ties have cost the Greek state in ex­cess of 300,000 eu­ros in du­ties and taxes.

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