A two-member team of the Drugs Control Department conducted a raid and seized four different varieties of misbranded cosmetics from a shop at Alliance Residency, Menaka, on Thursday.
Among the items seized were 60 bottles of soft gelatin capsules, 62 bottles of Vitamin E capsules, henna powder, and aloe vera gels. The raid was conducted by the Drugs Control Department based on a petition received from a resident of Malappuram who complained of having developed allergy after using a hair oil that comes in gelatin capsules bought from the shop.
“We recovered the same type of product from the shop. The shopowner could not furnish any valid purchase details of the cosmetics except for the claim that they were bought from Tamil Nadu though they appeared to have been imported from China. Prima facie, its appears to be a case of misbranded cosmetics under the Drugs and Cosmetics Act,” said Saju A., Drugs Inspector (Intelligence Branch), Drugs Control Department.
More than 200,000 illegal cigarettes, prescription drugs and cosmetics have been seized during an operation in Walsall.
Around 27kg of hand-rolling tobacco was also secured during the operation, which saw the illicit items being taken from shops and vehicles across the borough.
Walsall Council’s Trading Standards team didn’t disclose the location of the seizures, which took place on Thursday, January 16.
Photos, which were shared by the team, shows dozens of packets of cigarettes placed in a brown box.
A spokesman said: “Today taking illegal tobacco from shops and vehicles in the borough. 220,000 cigs and 27Kg tobacco seized, along with illegal toys, prescription drugs and cosmetics! Teamwork.”
The news comes less than 24 hours after a Wolverhampton shop owner who sold and stashed around £200,000-worth of illegal and counterfeit cigarettes behind secret compartments was jailed.
Zemnako Azad Salih, who ran Sam Euro Style in Newhampton Road West, was handed the 28-month custodial sentence following a trial at Wolverhampton Crown Court on Wednesday, January 15.
KOCHI: Officials of the Drugs Control Department seized a huge quantity of fake cosmetic products from a wholesale shop functioning at a shopping complex at Marine Drive here on Thursday.
The officials said in the raid conducted at the cosmetic shop, ‘Midas’, it was found that products, including hair oil, henna powder, Vitamin E tablets, and facial creams, were stored in the shop without valid documents.
“The tablets and facial creams of fake brands were imported from China and illegally brought to Kochi,” said an official. The wholesale dealer has six branches in the state.
The raid was conducted following a complaint lodged by a Malappuram native who developed an allergic reaction after using a hair oil purchased from the shop.
“The details of the products, including dates of manufacturing and date of expiry, were not recorded on the packets. The manufacturers’ names were also missing. The shop owners also did not maintain bills and other documents,” said an officer.The seized products will be produced before the court and sent for quality control examinations.
Kochi: Sale and consumption of fake cigarettes are increasing alarmingly in Kerala. It is learned that these fake cigarettes are being sold in the state as Chinese cigarettes.
“The fake cigarettes are transported to Tamil Nadu through ships from Sri Lanka and Malaysia. From Tamil Nadu, it is taken to Kerala. The fake cigarettes are transported to Ernakulam via Idukki and collected at a godown in Perumbavoor,” reported excise officials.
Sale of fake cigarettes without paying the tax incurs huge revenue loss to the state government. At the same time, use of these cigarettes will lead to serious health issues too.
GREENSBORO — State agents seized $460,000 worth of counterfeit products — Air Jordan shoes, UGG boots, Rolex watches, Gucci handbags and pirated CDs and DVDs — at a Greensboro flea market Saturday, according to the N.C. Department of the Secretary of State.
The estimated retail value is the amount the genuine trademarked items would sell for, the agency said Thursday in a news release.
Agents with the N.C. Anti-Counterfeiting Task Force discovered the knock-off designer apparel and accessories at The Flea flea market at 3220 N. O’Henry Blvd. in Greensboro, state officials said. Homeland Security Investigations and the Greensboro Police Department helped with the enforcement sweep.
Five people were charged with trademark violations. Ramon Vararro Poteat, 60, of Browns Summit, and Alhage Mohammed Secka, 51, of Raleigh were each charged with one count of felony criminal use of a counterfeit trademark. Three other flea market vendors were charged with misdemeanor trademark violations: Evette Delynn Daouda, 53, of Greensboro; Felicia Dianne Able, 46, of Greensboro; and Joey Ray Willis, 39, of Danville, Va.
Mangalore, Jan 15 (UNI) In one of the biggest seizure of gold in the new decade, Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) sleuths here have seized five kg of gold valued at Rs two Crore from the Air Cargo Complex at International Airport here recently.
Acting on a tip-off the officers of Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) Bangalore and Mangalore in a co-ordinated effort unraveled a unique modus of smuggling of gold through Air Cargo Complex, at old airport, Bajpe Mangalore two days back, According to release issued here on Tuesday evening.
The smuggled gold was concealed in five metal sprockets which were imported by M/s Swaroop Mineral Pvt Ltd of Udupi in the name of “mining conveyor drive chain”.
The gold was deftly concealed inside the heavy metal sprockets by way of a groove and gave only slight hint of tampering on physical examination. The scanning of the said wheels added to the suspicion and finally the officers could retrieve the gold with the help of local mechanic and lathe machine at Bajpe.
On examination by the authorized Jeweller, five round plates weighed 4,995 grams by net weight after discounting the weight of aluminium coating. The gold pieces were found to be of 24 Karat purity and their current market value was placed at around Rs 2 Crore.
FAKE branded make-up containing traces of lead were among a haul of more than 1,000 counterfeit goods seized by Isle of Wight Council Trading Standards officers in an undercover sting.
Rip-offs of major clothing labels such as Nike and SuperDry, as well as knock-off cosmetics advertised as Chanel, Kylie and Mac, were recovered from a property in East Cowes, following a raid in February 2018.
Last week, Steven Mather and Michelle Aldridge appeared at the Isle of Wight Crown Court for sentencing after admitting their role in the counterfeit operation which the court heard originated in Manchester.
Mather, 34, was handed an eight-month prison sentence, suspended for 24 months, after admitting two counts of unauthorised use of a trademark and a further offence of distributing cosmetics containing a prohibited substance.
Aldridge, 47, was given a 12-month community order after pleading guilty to two counts of aiding and abetting Mather.
New Delhi [India], Jan 15 (ANI): The officers of DRI, Nagpur, have seized Fake Indian Currency Notes (FICN) of Rs 18.75 lakh, which was smuggled from Bangladesh to India, and have apprehended one person in this connection.
An official release said on Wednesday that the officers of Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI), Mumbai Zonal Unit, Nagpur, mounted an operation in three states — Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, and West Bengal — on the basis of specific intelligence.
It said the Nagpur DRI apprehended a person at around 3 pm on January 13 and seized FICN — 386 notes of Rs 2,000 denomination and 1,191 notes of Rs 500 denomination. The value of the fake currency is Rs 18.75 lakh.
The release said that FICN was smuggled from Bangladesh to India.
“One accused person Lalu Khan, 38, was arrested by the DRI, Nagpur,” the release said, adding that more persons are involved and action will be initiated against them.
The release said the case has international ramifications as the involvement of an international syndicate based in Bangladesh was suspected and investigations are underway.
The passenger was intercepted while going to board a connecting flight to Delhi and his frisking led to the recovery of over a kilogram of ”gold paste”, police said
Kolkata: The CISF on Monday arrested a man coming from Bangkok at the airport for allegedly smuggling “gold paste” worth Rs 32 lakh by concealing it in his underwear and jeans, officials said.
Passenger Amarjeet Singh was intercepted while he was going to board a connecting flight to Delhi and his frisking led to the recovery of over a kilogram of ”gold paste”, they said.
The traveller, coming from Bangkok, had taped the ”gold paste” and hidden it in his inner wear and bottom lining of his denim pant, they said.
Central Industrial Security Force personnel at the Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose International Airport handed over the passenger to Customs authorities for further probe.
The police have arrested three persons and booked another for sale of smuggled liquor. As many as 303 cases, along with 30 bottles of smuggled liquor (marked for sale in Chandigarh) were seized by the police. They also impounded a mini-truck used for transportation of the illicit liquor.
The Dehlon police, on a tip-off, set up a naka at the T-point of Sarinh on GT Road and stopped two vehicles, one Scorpio and one mini-truck Ace Mega. They recovered 301 cases of liquor (295 cases Naina whisky, five cases of Empire No. 1 whisky and one case Saufi liquor) from the mini-truck and a liquor dump in Alamgir village. While the two main suspects driving Scorpio sped away in the vehicle, the three others abandoned the mini truck and escaped.
The police have identified the two main suspects as Sukhdeep Singh, a resident of Gobind Nagar, Shimlapuri, and Sandeep Singh, a resident of New Janta Nagar, who have been booked under section 473 of the IPC and sections 61/1/14 of the Excise Act along with their three unidentified accomplices.