- The police have arrested a man who has been producing fake alcoholic beverages for about 10 years now
- 48 boxes full of unsafe alcoholic beverages were retrieved from him
- According to the suspect, he usually sold his products in Accra, Kumasi and other major towns
Police officers in the Ashanti Region have arrested a man who been producing fake alcoholic drinks for over 10 years now.
The police further seized 48 boxes from the suspect, Yaw Nambu Dosu, all of which contained local and foreign drinks.
In a report by www.3news.com, Dosu, who operated under the business name, Nambu Distelleries, is reported to have produced brands such as Black and Red Labels, Bacardi, Lion Aromatic Schnapps, Smirnoff, Lord Jack, Sir Edwards, Bony Black and Lord Kingsley among others.
According to the police, the 48 boxes, which were retrieved from his premises, are extremely harmful to human health.
Dosu told investigators he has been producing the brands using ethanol, water and colour. He added that he usually sold his counterfeit products in Accra, Kumasi and other major towns.
Investigations have revealed Dosu, who is popularly referred to as Joe, was on July 30, 2007 denied licence by the Food and Drugs Authority to produce Lion Bitters, following which he resolved to produce counterfeits of the popular alcoholic beverages without authorization.
He was arrested on March 12, after the International Federal of Spirit Producers had tipped off the police the day before.
During his confession, he revealed that one Mr. Kwofie, who is based in Nungua in Accra, was his accomplice.
Dosu has told investigators he was reusing empty bottles of these brands of drinks for his counterfeit beverages.
The bottles, he said, were procured from the people who go round to collect such empty bottles.
The Police has meanwhile advised the public to be circumspect when buying alcoholic drinks, and also report any suspicious activities of unlicenced distilleries.
They have assured the general public that the alcoholic beverage will be sent for forensic analysis.
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