Dnipro city: SBU uncovers production of antiseptics of dubious quality for millions hryvnias
SBU in Dnipro city jointly with the Prosecutor’s Office of Dnipro region exposed and stopped the clandestine manufacturing of alcohol distillate used to produce unlicensed antiseptics of poor quality.
Allegedly, five residents of the regional center set up illegal business in underground alcohol distillate workshop in an industrial area of the city. They purchased counterfeit alcohol in other regions of Ukraine. During antiseptics production, the offenders diluted it to an acceptable ²degree². Afterwards, the low-quality alcohol was taken to the village of the region for underground production of antiseptics without any laboratory tests.
SBU officers established that the illicit business had been working for more that 3 months and produced 10,000 bottles worth UAH 1,300,000 (USD 48,149) per month. Furthermore, the organizers issued forged certificates of quality for fake goods. The handicraft products were sold via the Internet and in known regional pharmacy network.
During searches at clandestine workshop, the law enforcement seized over 3 tons of alcohol, 5 tons of chemicals, production equipment and packaging. The cost of the seized alcohol concentrate is estimated to almost UAH 1,200,000 (USD 44,445).
The criminal proceedings were initiated under Part 3 Art. 204 and Art. 190 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine. Currently, law enforcement officers identify all the customers. Measures to seize the handicraft antiseptics from sale in the pharmacy network are underway.
The confiscated goods were sent to examination. According to its results, the issue on serving the criminals a suspicion notice is being resolved.
For the Attention of the SBU Head