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Bootlegging Boambee-style; police find illegal distillery

Police executed a search warrant on a Boambee house on Thursday and allegedly found an illegal distil.
Police executed a search warrant on a Boambee house on Thursday and allegedly found an illegal distil. Rob Wright

COFFS Harbour police have allegedly found an illegal distillery following a search warrant at Boambee.

Police raided a Pacific Hwy property today shortly before 8.30am.

It is alleged officers found a large amount of bottled alcohol and equipment used to distil and manufacture the alcohol.

Investigations are continuing; however, an infringement notice for $1100 will be issued to a man for selling alcohol without a licence.

Coffs Clarence Crime Manager Detective Inspector Cameron Lindsay said police have confiscated a large quantity of homemade alcohol including alcoholic lemonade, alcoholic ginger beer and straight spirits.

"We believe or suspect a lot of this alcohol has been supplied to minors in the area and we would like to hear from anyone who has information about that," Mr Lindsay said.

"We have taken action in relation to the manufacturing of this alcohol and the sale of it, but we believe there may be evidence of the supply of alcohol to juveniles.

"The other thing is to consider how dangerous this stuff is, it is unregulated people don't know how much alcohol is actually in it and if there are kids partaking in this they can loose control."

Detectives are appealing for anyone who has any knowledge of homemade alcohol being sold in the area, to contact Coffs Harbour Police Station or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

Topics:  boambee coffs clarence police



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