Smuggler Caught With Beer Disguised As Pepsi
Police in Saudi Arabia have arrested a smuggler caught trying to sneak 48,000 cans of beer disguised as Pepsi into the country where alcohol is banned.
the drinks business
By Lauren Eads
November 13, 2015
A truck carrying the huge haul was stopped at the Al Batha border into Saudi Arabia from the UAE, as reported by Alarabiya.net.
Officers discovered that the cans of Heineken has been cleverly disguised as Pepsi cans with wrap around stickers.
“A truck carrying what first seemed to be normal cans of the soft drink Pepsi was stopped and after the standard process of searching the products, it became clear that the alcoholic beers were covered with Pepsi’s sticker logos,” said Al Batha border general manager Abdulrahman al-Mahna.
Alcohol is totally banned in Saudi Arabia, which is a very strict Muslim country, with tough penalties should you be caught with alcohol. However the threat of jail or public flogging doesn’t stop some from taking the risk.
Earlier this month a British pensioner appealed against a punishment of 360 lashes after police in Saudi Arabia discovered bottles of home brewed alcohol in the boot of his car.
Karl Andree, 74, spent a year in prison for the crime, and was released on 28 October without being lashed.