bootleg booze

bootleg booze

A generic colloquial term for ethanol which is produced inexpensively by an individual or non-regulated group, usually to avoid paying government taxes.

Not uncommonly, the ethanol can laced with methanol resulting in mass death, as occurred in West Bengal in late 2011, which killed 126 people.
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Royal Oman Police arrested the camel smuggler, and in another incident caught a bootleg booze smuggler who attempted to bring 21,000 bottles of alcohol into the country.
A NEWCASTLE shop could be stripped of its licence after it was found to be selling bootleg booze - for the second time.
Aristocracy rubs shoulders with black market spivs, songwriters take to the streets and showgirls fight to change the world - but bootleg booze, blackmail and bombshells prove a deadly combination.
Our pictures show how bottles of bootleg booze are branded Captain Phillips - inspired by the Tom Hanks film and featuring Toy Story's Woody on the label.
Tragic Cheznye Emmons, 23, died of methanol poisoning after buying the bootleg booze in Indonesia.
To stay in control of his bootleg booze empire he used 700 hoodlums to rub out rivals, most famously with the St Valentine's Day Massacre in 1929 when seven of Bugs Moran's gang were executed.
Prohibition agent Benjamin Franklin Wilson set out to demolish Templeton's lucrative bootlegging business, but the fight over bootleg booze would not explode into violence like it did in Al Capone's Chicago.
But the Adam Smith Institute said the plans may not work and could lead to a rise in bootleg booze.
The investigation into bootleg booze wasn't helped by the fact countless others have already covered the subject.
CIGARETTE smugglers and bootleg booze runners are being hunted at Easter car boot sales across the Midlands.
Mayor Mallon seems to be suffering from tunnel vision when it comes to dealing with areas of the town that has more than their fair share of unemployment, drug dealers, bootleg booze for sale, substandard child education and escalating violent anti-social behaviour.