This illegal grog stash could fetch more than $50,000 in the Northern Territory

This was a single haul by police in the Daly River area last month. Picture: NT Police.
This was a single haul by police in the Daly River area last month. Picture: NT Police.

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.

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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.

Police auxiliary liquor inspectors asking questions in Katherine.

Police auxiliary liquor inspectors asking questions in Katherine.

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."

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