MOSCOW (AP) _ Bottles of mineral water atop more lucrative stuff. Fruit camouflaging crates of pure alcohol. False-bottomed tanker trucks.

Russian border guards and customs officers manning the Georgian border have seen 20 ways of smuggling alcohol, the ITAR-Tass news agency reported Sunday.

This year, they've stopped more than 1,500 trucks trying to smuggle alcohol into Russia, said Yuri Kiporov, commander of a border guard detachment patrolling the frontier. The vehicles included several tank trucks that ventured across a ``cloud-high'' mountain pass but were waylaid by border guards, the agency said.

Many alcohol smugglers cross into Russia's Caucasus region from Georgia. Russia claims most of the alcohol goes to bootleggers, avoiding taxes and state quality control.