Saudi Arabia cracks case of smuggled beer disguised as Pepsi


Dubai, United Arab Emirates (AP) – Customs officials in Saudi Arabia say they’ve cracked a case – and then some – of smugglers trying to bring illicit cans of beer through the kingdom by disguising them as Pepsi. In a statement, customs officials say they intercepted 48,000 cans of beer moving through the al-Batha border crossing with the United Arab Emirates. In video posted Wednesday on Twitter, the customs officials show an officer using a box cutter to open a wrapped 24-pack of the fake Pepsi only to find the green-and-white Heineken cans beneath it. Drinking or possessing alcohol is a criminal offense in the ultra-conservative Sunni kingdom of Saudi Arabia.