Authorities recently busted 13 people across 10 provinces who were involved in counterfeiting the popular energy drink, Red Bull, SCMP reports.
They [officials] confiscated 3,820 boxes of cans, ingredients and packaging materials in eight locations over the last month in what appears to be nation-wide distribution network, police said.
Producing fake Red bull can be highly lucrative. Criminals involved in these operations made a 3.7 yuan profit on each fake can sold. Each one of their 12 illegal production lines was turning out 2,400 cans a day. Police have seized 25 million yuan worth of assets as part of their crackdown on these illegal products, the news wire report said.
More than just another pesky case of China bootlegging, this moonshined energy drink reportedly landed at least one Fujian man in the hospital. Police haven’t yet revealed the drink’s contents, but judging by the shot of a purported still (below), which evokes images of backwoods inbreds making city folk squeal like pigs, they can’t be good.