P.8M fake alcohol seized in Caloocan

April 17, 2020

AROUND P804,000 worth of fake alcohol were seized by authorities during a raid inside an unlicensed factory and arrested three workers, including the assistant administrator, Thursday afternoon in Caloocan City.

Northern Police District P/Brig. Gen. Ronald Ylagan identified the arrested suspects as Bea Angela Acosta, 21, assistant administrator and resident of Lucas Quadra St. Sta Quiteria, workers Ronnel Almojuela, 21 and Christian Roa, 28, both of Bgy. Gen. T. De Leon, Valenzuela City while the name of the alleged owner was not mentioned in the report.

The raid was conducted at 314-315 Quadra St. Bgy. 163, Sta Quiteria after elements of NPD District Special Operation Unit (DSOU) led by Lt. Col. Giovanni Caliao received a tip from their informant last April 4 regarding the illegal manufacturing and selling of fake alcohol thru social media.

Col. Caliao, acting on the said information, was able to purchase through online transaction an isoprophyl alcohol which was submitted for laboratory test at the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on April 6.

On April 15, the FDA released its laboratory test and disclosed that the subject alcohol does not conform with standard isoprophyl and the factory and its seller were not registered and licensed by the agency prompting DSOU operatives to coordinate with proper government agencies for a buy-bust operation.

At around 2:33 p.m., joint operatives of NPD-DSOU, District Mobile Force Batallion, FDA representatives, Caloocan City Bureau of Permit and Licensing Office (BPLO) and Caloocan Bureau of Fire Protection conducted a raid after a successful operation that resulted in the arrest of the suspects.

Aside from 20 gallons of fake alcohol which is the subject of buy-bust operation,  authorities were able to confiscate 476 gallons of isoprophyl alcohol, 159 big boxes containing 8 unlabeled gallons  of alcohol, four small boxes of unlabeled alcohol, assorted equipment and apparatus used in manufacturing fake products, 24 boxes of fake cosmetic product and P9,000 marked money consisting of P1,000 genuine bill and eight pieces of boodle money.