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Bali Customs Destroys Alcohol Cache

2,824 Bottle of Booze Goes Under a Bulldozer at the Airport Office of Bali Customs.

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Bali's Customs Office bulldozed 2,824 bottles of contraband alcohol on Friday, May 6, 2010, in the parking lot of their Bali Ngurah Rai Airport offices.

The bottles of wine and hard liquor were estimated to have a value of Rp. 600 million (US$ 65,200) were seized in a number of raids conducted by Bali Customs Officers in 2009 and 2010 on illegal caches of booze not bearing official duty stamps Of the total number of bottles crushed by a bulldozer were 1,539 bottles of imported wine and liquor and 1,285 bottles of illegal locally produced beverages. The falsified customs stamps destroyed by Customs totaled Rp. 98 million (US$10,600).

The drinks destroyed were accumulated from cases that have reached final determinations in the judicial process. Other caches from recent raids can only be destroyed after the completion of the legal cases in which the alcohol serves as evidence.

The Bali Customs Office currently has 9 separate cases involving illegal alcoholic beverages before the Denpasar Courts.

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