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Another Bali Illegal Booze Warehouse Closed

Bali Customs Officers Seize 4,000 Liters of Wine and Liquor.

(6/15/2010) Customs Officials in Bali raided a warehouse in Jimbaran on Saturday night, June 12, 2010, and seized 4,000 liters of alcoholic beverages which, according to Kompas.com either had false duty stamps or no duty stamps at all.

The seizure took place after authorities stopped two delivery trucks carrying illegal booze in the Kuta area of Bali. Information from the drivers led Customs Officials to the Jimbaran location and the large cache of contraband liquor.

The head of the Investigative and Enforcement Division of the Bali Customs and Excise Office, Bagus Endro Wibowo, estimates the illegal haul of imported liquor and wine have a value of Rp. 1 billion (US$106,000).

An unnamed individual taken into custody by the Custom's office and believed to be the owner of the seized alcohol is reported to be a recidivist.

Police and customs officials are now tracing the distribution network to local night spots who are believed to have purchased untaxed booze from the warehouse.