Huge haul of grog seized in dry Qld town

Australian Associated Press

The seizure of more than 317 litres of alcohol in a dry indigenous community in far north Queensland is one of the biggest hauls ever confiscated, police say.

Officers uncovered the alcohol around 4.30am on New Year’s Day when they intercepted a four-wheel drive at Kowanyama, where the supply of alcohol is illegal.

Police say the haul, which included 57 casks of wine, would have been resold at inflated prices, with estimations the grog would have fetched some $14,000.

Police also seized the four-wheel drive being used to transport the alcohol and charged three men in the vehicle.

The Kowanyama men, aged 34, 28, and 36, are each charged with possession of liquor in a restricted area and are due to front court later this month.

Police said the alcohol was only intercepted because local officers got called out to an unrelated job just before 3am.

Acting Superintendent Rolf Straatemeier praised their efforts.

“The supply of this amount of alcohol is likely to have increased instances in public nuisance offences, assault offences and incidents of domestic violence,” he said.

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