Grog-running to remote communities in the Northern Territory is on the increase and police are coming down hard.
With some smugglers known to sell a single bottle of booze for as much as $500 in dry communities, single hauls like the one seized at Daly River last month, could be valued at more than $50,000.
The NT government has enforced emergency measures for seven days to stop the smugglers.
Now anyone buying liquor in the Greater Darwin region will have to present either a form of ID that bears a residential address in the Greater Darwin area, or the licencee must be be satisfied the customer has a lawful place of residence where the liquor is to be consumed.
Police said the use of the emergency power will be reviewed following the seven-day period in Darwin and can be extended if necessary.
These are the same restrictions a team of liquor inspectors have been enforcing in the Katherine region for years, along with the use of the Banned Drinkers Register.
You can find a full list of where you can't drink grog in the NT, right here.
Acting Assistant Commissioner Bradley Currie says in recent months, there has been a noticeable increase in grog-running to remote communities.
"In one instance alone, more than 100 bottles of rum were seized. This has a significant impact. We have seen an increase in alcohol-related incidents in remote communities," he said.
"Residents may also be left unable to purchase food, fuel or other essential goods and services."