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Police told not to 'waste' bootleg booze

The Local/pvs · 23 Jul 2012, 09:18

Published: 23 Jul 2012 09:18 GMT+02:00

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The County Administrative Board (Länsstyrelsen) of Västra Götaland has forbidden the practice in a bid to ensure that water supplies are as clean as possible, according to a report by Sveriges Radio.

The board's decision is in response to a massive climb in the amount of confiscated alcohol in recent years.

Smuggling along Sweden's west coast towards Norway has increased fourfold over the past year alone, according to both police and customs figures.

Disposing of the seized spirits has posed something of a dilemma for the authorities and the bootleg beverages have hitherto been simply thrown away while the packaging has been recycled.

Gudrun Magnusson, an environmental engineer at the agency, however argues that the police have to be more creative.

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The police have meanwhile responded that while simply pouring the liquor down the drain may have its disadvantages, there is currently little option as the mountain of bottles and beer cans continues to accumulate at recycling stations.

One suggestion doing the rounds is that the alcohol could be used to produce biogas, according to the report.

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11:20 July 23, 2012 by Ian C. Purdie - Sydney
"Police told not to 'waste' bootleg booze"

Why does Sweden do these extremely weird things? Confiscate booze? How uncivilised can you get?

"as the mountain of bottles and beer cans"

Does that suggest much of your good citizenry don't agree with puritanical laws?
11:58 July 23, 2012 by loddfafnir
Wouldn't the obvious solution be for the police to give/sell the booze to the Systembolaget for resale? They are in sealed containers and much of it has no real use-by date anyway.

Ideally the Systembolaget could even resell them at a "discounted price" as it surely will have cost them less - but, of course, that will never happen! I don't agree with the alcohol politics in Sweden, but selling the confiscated booze even at full retail seems a heck of a better solution than just pouring it down the drain. At least then there will be some (more) tax income obtained from it.
13:28 July 23, 2012 by Hisingen
"No more shergeant, hick, I've already had four bottles of the shtuff, hick. Give that lot to the inshpector. He looksh thirshty."
15:39 July 23, 2012 by hpunlimited
Yes why waste it??. Donate it to the "A-laget" or something, I am getting tired of being harrassed by them outside systembolaget.
07:08 July 24, 2012 by Ian C. Purdie - Sydney
Why not almost 24/7 outlets?

Problem solved.

The puritans might not agree.
16:29 July 24, 2012 by old git
They could also sell confiscated drugs at lower than street prices, unclaimed stolen bikes, cars etc (I I think they already do)...

I understood that confiscated alcohol is already used to boost the energy rating of biogas , in some installations at least.
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