In a major operation against spurious liquor, Prohibition Enforcement wing officials today seized 120 cartons of liquor bottles worth Rs seven lakh while it was being transported.
Police said they detained the van driver in connection with the seizure and he had confessed that the liquor bottles were to be offloaded at Palayamkottai.
The liquor in 180 ml quantity bottles was fake and was to be distributed to TASMAC (Tamil Nadu State Marketing Corporation) shops, as per initial investigation, police said.
City Additional Commissioner (Prohibition Enforcement) Radika ordered seizure of the bottles.
Police said the seized liquor was worth Rs 7 lakh. The van worth Rs 10 lakh has been impounded.
TASMAC is a company owned by the state government, which has a monopoly over wholesale and retail vending of alcoholic beverages in the state.