Susanne Kuehne, Decernis
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Arrrrr, Rum That Was Not Real

By Susanne Kuehne
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Susanne Kuehne, Decernis

An international crime network tried to sell a large amount of fake rum into Spain.

Counterfeit Rum
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Blackbeard the Pirate would have refused to drink this: Counterfeit rum worth more than $4 million was seized by the Spanish police, and 24 criminals were arrested. The imitations were so real that the fake rum even made it into Spanish tax warehouses via the Netherlands. No injuries have been reported thus far. However, counterfeit alcohol often contains toxic methanol which can lead to severe injuries and even death.


  1. Taylor, P. (January 28, 2021). “Spanish police dismantle national fake rum operation”. Securing Industry.

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