An investigation led to 1,674 bottles of wine which were not bearing any excise tags to be seized. This was following an investigation by the Joint Enforcement Task-force (JET).
Searches were conducted by Officials, from the Customs Department’s Enforcement Unit, and Tax Inspectors, from the Revenue Department.
The bottles were seized from two establishments, belonging to the same importer, in Naxxar and Saint Julian’s. Further searches also resulted in the discovery of over 1,550 unused excise tags. The mentioned establishments did not have the necessary tax
warehouse permits to keep unused excise stamps and alcoholic beverages
without the excise tags.
Two other restaurants in Gżira and Paceville, belonging to the same owner, were also searched. 21 bottles of contraband spirits and 10 bottles of contraband wine were found on the property.
The JET is a joint investigation initiative by the Customs and the Revenue Departments, aimed at investigating and discovering fraudulent behaviour. Last Monday, customs reported that 215 contraband high quality wine were found at a restaurant in Marsamxett.