Police nab suspected Isa grog runners

SNARED: Northern Territory police have seized about 200 litres of booze being run from Mount Isa to Tennant Creek. Picture: NT Police file.

SNARED: Northern Territory police have seized about 200 litres of booze being run from Mount Isa to Tennant Creek. Picture: NT Police file.

Northern Territory police have seized about 200 litres of booze being run from Mount Isa to Tennant Creek. 

The troubled outback town of Tennant Creek has long had a steady reputation for sneaky ‘backyard’ grog sales.

Booze is rumoured to be bought in bulk at Mount Isa, then smuggled 600km west to Tennant Creek. 

The NT government extended temporary ­alcohol restrictions for Tennant Creek in March. 

The grog restrictions, which were extended for three months, have confined takeaway alcohol sales to between 3 and 6pm. 

The North West Star understands the restrictions have jacked up prices of sly grog being smuggled in from Mount Isa. 

NT Police in Tennant Creek want to thank the community for their contribution to catching out alleged grog runners.

Police say the suspected mastermind behind the attempted supply of another 185 litres of cask wine, fled to Townsville before he could be charged. 

Another 52-year-old male was charged with supplying alcohol to a person on the Banned Drinkers’ Register and is now on the BDR himself.

“Some of the success we’ve had has been a result of information from the public, so we would like to thank them” Supt. Kerry Hoskins said.

“We want the public to continue to dob in a grog runner and help make our community a safer place.”

Anyone with information about grog running is urged to notify police on 131 444 or Crime Stoppers anonymously on 1800 333 000 to assist police with their enquiries.