Wednesday, 23 May 2007 7:29 AM

Liquor Licensing Squad targets illegal outlets

The Liquor Licensing Squad conducted a series of operations over the weekend that resulted in arrests and the seizure of illegal alcohol.

A 25 year old man and a 36 year old man, both from Kukum, were arrested and charged with offences relating to the restrictions on the production and distribution of liquor.

Police said last Thursday Liquor Licensing Officers acted on information from the public and visited a residence at Kukum Labour Line. They confiscated 30 litres of prepared Kwaso and a number of utensils used to make Kwaso. 43 marijuana cigarettes were also seized during the operation.

Members of the Liquor Licensing Squad also seized 109 bottles of beer that they allege were being sold illegally at the Rove Market.

On Saturday evening Squad members also visited a residence at the Medical Compound near the National Referral Hospital where they seized 15 cartons and 6 loose bottles of beer.

A non medical member of the house was charged with Selling Alcohol without a License. He appeared in Honiara Magistrates Court where he was bailed to appear for mention on 4 June.

Police Commander Honiara, Superintendent Nathan Ratu said the investigations into the illegal sale of alcohol were part of a strategy to reduce crime and protect the community.