TWELVE people were detained this month for allegedly manufacturing and selling counterfeit expensive Chinese liquor, police said yesterday.
Nine manufacturing dens were raided in the crackdown, which lasted almost a month.
More than 5,000 bottles of fake Moutai, Jiannanchun and Wuliangye with a total value of more than 5 million yuan (US$767,400) were seized, said Yangpu District police.
Nearly 10,000 empty bottles, caps and labels were also found in the hideouts. Police said the confiscated liquor was not poisonous.
Crooks used recycled genuine bottles and part of the caps and labels were also real, police added.
Fake branded liquor was found being wholesaled last month in a market on Shuifeng Road, Yangpu District. On March 7, police raided the market and detained three suspects with more than 2,000 bottles of fake liquor in worth 2 million yuan.
Then on April 1, police raided six manufacturing and storage locations in Baoshan, Zhabei and Hongkou districts.
They detained nine members of the gang, and 3,000 bottles of fake branded liquor and nearly 10,000 bottles, caps and labels were confiscated.