MT Hagen police are now getting tough with people manufacturing homebrew illegally in the suburbs of Mt Hagen city, Western Highlands province.
Moonshine is now a booming business in the city but it is also creating social disorder.
Mt Hagen police conducted a raid last Wednesday at the council camp in Mt Hagen city and arrested eight settlers involved in the production and selling of moonshine to city dwellers and surrounding villages.
Metropolitan commander Chief Insp Peter Roari said police seized cylinder bottles, rubber hoses, small copper pipes and other paraphernalia used in the production of homebrew.
Chief Insp Roari said they also seized some containers of homebrew kept in the houses of the eight men.
“The eight have been charged with illegal production of homebrew and are now detained in Mt Hagen police cell and police imposed a K1,000 bail each.”
He said Warakum, Tee School and Gomis were areas also known for the production of the illegal alcohol and appealed to the public to report anyone producing the illegal substance.
“My office is open to anyone to come in and report illegal activities taking place within the city.”