Operation Swill: 29 bars charged with selling cheap liquor as premium

on 23/05/13 at 11:15 am

Booze News

liquor-3-300x265TRENTON — It’s one of the oldest tricks in the book: Secretly pour some cheap whiskey into a bottle that once held high-grade liquor and charge customers top dollar for a glass.

State alcohol enforcement officials say they believe it’s been happening across New Jersey in bars of all kinds — fancy joints, neighborhood dives and chain restaurants.

More than 100 investigators raided 29 establishments — from East Rutherford to Matawan to Chesilhurst — Wednesday morning on suspicion of the practice, authorities announced. It was part of a year-long investigation called “Operation Swill.”