Moonshine makers jailed in southern Sweden

Eleven people have been convicted in southern Sweden for their involvement in the illicit distillation and sale of thousand of litres of bootleg booze.

Jönköping district court handed out short jail sentences on Tuesday to the majority of the eleven people linked to the discovery late last year of a vast illegal liquor enterprise in the area. The three leading lights behind the ‘forest star’ business received the longest jail terms, ranging from two to three years.

A 60-year-old man from Nässjö who sold 10,000 litres of home-made liquor was handed a three-year sentence as well as being ordered to pay the state almost half a million kronor ($70,000) in compensation.

A local motorcycle gang leader was found guilty of buying and selling the secret spirits, while a third person was convicted for heading up the network’s clandestine distillery.

The multi-million kronor enterprise was well established in both the Halland and Småland provinces.

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