Saudis Find Huge Beer Shipment Disguised as Pepsi

48K cans of Heineken, to be exact
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 13, 2015 10:24 AM CST
Saudis Find Huge Beer Shipment Disguised as Pepsi
Someone's in big trouble.   (Twitter)

A ban on alcohol in Saudi Arabia recently drove a smuggler to try to cross into the Arab state from the UAE with 48,000 cans of Heineken beer—all disguised as Pepsi cans, Al Arabiya reports. "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," a border official said.

A tweet on the Saudi customs agency's page shows some photos of the busted brews. The Washington Post reports this isn't the first desperate attempt in Saudi Arabia to bring in some booze, noting a recent incident of a man who sewed 12 bottles of hooch into his pants. (An elderly UK man had faced 360 lashes for possessing homemade wine in Saudi Arabia—but he was recently released.)

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