8 September 2011, [PDF,49kb]
The Office of Liquor, Gaming and Racing (OLGR) has seized a large quantity of alcohol after raiding an unlicensed warehouse in Sydney’s south west.
OLGR inspectors assisted by police from the Fairfield Local Area Command gained entry to a warehouse in Wetherill Park on Tuesday about midday and located beer, wine and spirits with an estimated retail value of between $15,000 and $20,000.
A large number of invoices detailing liquor sales dating back to 2010 were also located.
Inspectors seized 900 bottles of wine, 36 bottles of bourbon, three 20-litre drums of bourbon and 11 cases of beer and transported the alcohol to a secure holding facility at OLGR’s Sydney offices.
OLGR will continue investigations into the alleged sale of liquor without a licence by a business operating from the warehouse to clubs, hotels and other businesses in the area.
A 53-year-old man is assisting OLGR with its inquiries and will be interviewed formally.
Licensed venues and businesses which purchased the alcohol will also be interviewed.
OLGR is also investigating the source of the alcohol.
The operation followed a complaint from a member of the public that a wholesale business was selling liquor without a licence.
OLGR and police carried out covert surveillance of the warehouse over several days.
OLGR’s Acting Director of Compliance Pat Paroz said the agency would continue to target the unlicensed sale of alcohol.
The latest alleged incident followed separate covert operations by OLGR and police targeting unlicensed operators advertising 24-hour home delivery of alcohol on social media sites.
“Selling liquor without a licence is a serious offence with a maximum penalty of $11,000 and 12 months imprisonment,” Mr Paroz said.
“The sale of liquor is subject to a strict licensing regime to minimise the harm associated with alcohol abuse and protect the public.”