08, November 2018 | The Mail
Alan Mason, of Hartington Street, Barrow, was caught in a sting at a pub in the town by Cumbria Trading Standards after a several complaints.
The 65-year-old was fined £1,000 and ordered to pay costs of £1,000, and a victim surcharge of £85, as well as being given a 16 week curfew.
Mason pleaded guilty at Barrow Magistrates Court to selling illegal tobacco from licensed premises.
Trading standards arranged to meet Mason and buy the goods off him after a tip-off from the public.
Following this, officers visited Mason’s home where a large quantity of counterfeit cigarettes and illegal hand rolling tobacco was seized.Lear More
07 November 2018 | NDTV
Two Mumbai-bound women have been apprehended by the CISF at the IGI Airport in New Delhi on Tuesday for allegedly trying to smuggle eight small gold bars worth Rs. 42 lakh by concealing them in shoes, a senior official said.
The incident took place early on Tuesday when a woman security personnel of the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) detected some suspicious items in the shoe of one of the women, who was identified as Karishma Thakur. Eight small gold bars were recovered from the woman’s shoes, the official said.
A CISF spokesperson said Karishma Thakur was accompanied by another woman and they had landed at the Indira Gandhi International (IGI) Airport from Chennai and were supposed to take a flight to Mumbai.
“On enquiry, both the passengers could not produce any relevant document and did not give satisfactory reply. The two women, along with the recovered gold bars weighing about 1.32-kg and worth approximately Rs. 42 lakh, were handed over to Income Tax Department officials for further action,” the spokesperson said.Lear More
04, November 2018 | Khaleej Times
More than Dh100 million worth of counterfeit products, which were being sold in the capital, have been seized by the Abu Dhabi Police, authorities announced on Sunday.
The Abu Dhabi Police said the products were in commercial markets. Some of the products were copied from 31 “prestigious” brands. Authorities said that they began their operation from January of this year.
The products included gold, medical devices, various vehicles parts, smoking supplies including electronics, miscellaneous accessories, clothing, perfume, glasses, watches, bags, wallets, and shoes.
Brigadier Mohammed Suhail Al Rashidi, acting director of the Criminal Security Sector of the Abu Dhabi Police explained that seizing the products were conducted by the Economic Crimes Department of the Criminal Investigations Department. He pointed out that the shops were raided after completing all legal procedures and verifying the location of the counterfeit goods.Lear More
02, November 2018 l India Today
The Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) has seized 20 kg of smuggled gold worth Rs 6.4 crores in two separate operations in Delhi.
On October 31, officers of DRI intercepted two passengers arriving by train from West Bengal and seized 10 kg of foreign marked smuggled gold worth Rs 3.13 crores from them. The gold was being smuggled into India from Bhutan and transported to Delhi.
In another operation conducted on the same day, officers of DRI seized 10.2 kg of foreign marked smuggled gold from three passengers arriving by another train from West Bengal.
The gold in both the cases was concealed in specially designed cloth belts worn by the passengers. The seized gold had been smuggled via the land border with neighbouring countries and was being transported to Delhi for sale during the festive season.Lear More
27, October 2018 l Bangkok Post
PHUKET: More than 300,000 items of counterfeit brand-name clothes, accessories and bags worth over 42 million baht have been seized from shops on Soi Bangla, a popular nightlife and shopping street on Patong beach.
Police and officials from several agencies searched shops and vending stalls lining the soi and seized pirated products from 25 of them late Friday night.
The seized products, numbering over 300,000 and bearing luxury brand names, included shirts, shoes, belts, bags, and eyeglasses. The brands included Rayban, Nike, Adidas, Under Armour and others.
The products had estimated market value of some 42 million baht in total, according to the Immigration Bureau’s Facebook page.Lear More
19, October 2018 | Tempo
Various counterfeit items confiscated by the customs agents from warehouses in Quezon City were recently destroyed in Laguna.
Counterfeit cigarettes copying Marlboro, Fortune, Mighty and Winston brands were among the destroyed goods at the facility of Tritek Reverse Logistics Corporation in San Pedro, Laguna – the contractor for the condemnation of the said forfeited goods.
Fake items that were destroyed also include Silka products, Knorr pork and beef cubes, and Knorr Sinigang Mix, Maggi Magic Sarap, Golden bihon. These counterfeit goods were destroyed through crushing, shredding, and rendering.
According to the Enforcement Security Service, the subject infringing goods were estimated to be worth R25 million. The goods were among those intercepted during a raid on warehouses located on Kanlaon Street corner N.S. Amoranto Street, and Malaya Sreet, Quezon City on Nov. 8, 2017.Lear More
17, October 2018 | New Straits Times
BATU PAHAT: Fake designer handbags worth RM20,000 in an operation on four outlets at a shopping complex on Oct 11.
Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Ministry’s (KDNHEP) Batu Pahat branch head Noor Azmi Lamisza said two men and a woman were also detained during the raid. He said the trio were found to have been selling counterfeit items since six months ago.
“Initial investigation revealed that they obtained the supplies of bags from a wholesaler in the national capital who bought the items in foreign countries including China.
“After carrying out surveillance and receiving tip-offs, a 16-man team from the branch, along with trademark owners, raided the premises. “We confiscated a total of 380 bags comprised 197 Long Champ designer bags, Bonia bags (162) and Carlo Rino (21).Lear More
15, October 2018 l Straits Times
SINGAPORE – A 21-year-old man was arrested last Thursday (Oct 11) for allegedly importing and possessing counterfeit bags, wallets and watches worth over half a million to sell.
The police and Singapore Customs said in a joint statement on Monday that more than 4,800 pieces of counterfeit goods were seized in relation to the case.
The total street value for the seized goods amounted to more than $520,000. Customs officers had on Oct 4 and 5 found bags suspected to be fakes after inspecting two consignments at a warehouse located in Woodlands Industrial Park.
The items were confiscated after the rights holders confirmed that the items were fakes, said the authorities.
Officers from Singapore Customs and the Criminal Investigation Department then conducted a joint operation last Thursday, in which more than 800 pieces of counterfeit bags were seized from a logistics company located in Woodlands Industrial Park.
11, October 2018 | Colombo Page
Colombo: Sri Lanka Customs officials at the Bandaranaike International Airport in Katunayake in two separate incidents have arrested three Sri Lankan passengers who were attempting to smuggle in gold worth Rs 16 million.
Two of the suspects, arrived on a flight from Singapore last night was in the possession of 10 gold biscuits and two gold pieces. One of the suspects is a woman.
The third passenger, also arrived from Singapore this morning was carrying 14 gold biscuits, the Customs said.
The suspects are residents of Wattala, Kandy and Kotte and the total weight of the gold stock is two and a half kilograms, according to the official.
11, October 2018 | Ealing Times
A man who smuggled more than a million illegal cigarettes into the country in parcels labelled as ‘leather shoes’ has been sentenced.
Ashley Clinton-Carter, 60, of Mill Hill, set up 17 accounts at mailbox delivery outlets in London under the alias of John Bull to smuggle cigarettes into the UK from China.
Clinton-Carter was arrested on February 5 2015 carrying parcels containing 16,800 illicit cigarettes that he had collected from an outlet in Harrow.
During an investigation by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC), officers found customs declarations for November 2014 to February 2015 which showed the packages should have contained ‘clothes’ or ‘leather shoes’ – A further 251,600 cigarettes were seized.
Another 810,200 cigarettes, addressed to the mailboxes, were seized by Border Force officers at Heathrow and Coventry airports.Lear More