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Crying Over Spilt Malt

Bali Custom's Offices Take a bulldozer to 3,000 Bottles of Imported Alcoholic Drinks.

(11/1/2010) Bali's Customs and Excise office destroyed more than 3,000 bottles of imported liquors, wines and spirits on Friday, October 29, 2010. The cache of booze confiscated from smuggled shipments had an estimated street value of Rp. 1.5 billion (US$163,000).

The destruction of the drinks took place following the final disposition before the courts of the cases in which the bottles served as evidence, explained Bambang Wahyudi of the Bali Customs and Excise Office.

Some the doomed drinks bore falsified custom's labels while others were without any seal whatsoever. Officials estimate the value of lost taxation revenues had the items been delivered to the public at Rp. 850 million (US$92,300).

The bottles were confiscated during raids on unregistered warehouses and sub-distributors of alcoholic beverage between January and October 2010. Officials believe the shipments were intended for delivery to starred-hotels and nightspots in the Kuta area of Bali.

Officials also destroyed 4,800 packages of confiscated cigarettes determined to lack proper tax stamps.