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Authorities Discover Alcohol Pipeline Smuggling Booze Under A River From Kazakhstan to Kyrgyzstan

| by Sarah Fruchtnicht
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Border and customs officials discovered a makeshift pipeline used to smuggle alcohol under a river bordering Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan.

Officials suspect that thousands of liters of liquor – mostly vodka – have been pumped through the pipeline in the Chu River.

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Only half a kilometer long, the pipe was located just a few kilometers from a border checkpoint. Authorities believe liquor was smuggled through the pipeline for months.

"We assume that thousands of litres of alcohol were smuggled with it, primarily vodka," said a police official from the northern Kyrgyz city of Tokmok.

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Grain and spirits are both cheap and plentiful in Kazakhstan, BBC reported.

The search for the smugglers has begun. No arrests have been made.

Sources: BBC News, Herald Sun