RAMGARH: An inter-state fake currency racket was busted and two persons arrested after vendors at a vegetable market here raised an alarm, a senior police officer said on Monday.
The two accused, including a woman, had attempted to buy vegetables with counterfeit currency notes at Gola area in the district on Sunday, he said.
The vendor, who was approached with fake notes, had drawn the attention of locals, who then informed the police, SP Prabhat Kumar told reporters.
One of the accused, during interrogation, confessed to have been running a fake currency racket in Dhanbad with the help of three other persons, including two from Bihar’s Nalanda district, the SP said.
A team of police offers carried out a raid at a residence in Mada colony of Dhanbad and seized a printing machine, 85GSM papers used in printing currency notes, printed notes of face value Rs 2000, semi-printed sheets of fake notes and laptop, Kumar said, adding that police were on the lookout for other members of the gang.
Mancherial: Sleuths of Ramagundam Task Force busted a four-member gang involved in selling of cigarettes imported illegally from some foreign countries, in Mancherial on Sunday and seized contraband worth over Rs 4 lakh.
Task Force Inspector Kiran said that the accused persons were Uppala Goutham, Kandeti Sharath Kumar, Gunda Vijaya Prasad and Puppila Anil Sharma, all traders belonging to the town.
The four traders were found to be selling the foreign made cigarettes and were making huge profits. They confessed that they were indulging the crime for quite a long time. They were handed over Mancherial police for prosecution. They revealed that they were buying the cigarettes from different parts of the country.
Sub-Inspector Maruti and staffers of the Task Force took part in the operation.
RANTAU PANJANG: The General Operations Force (GOF) seized 1,056 bottles of smuggled fake cosmetics worth RM42,528 at Jalan Lama Jeram Perdah here, on Saturday.
State GOF commander Superintendent Azhari Nusi said his men were making their rounds in the area when they spotted a black van leaving an illegal jetty in Kedap, at 5.15pm.
Azhari said the driver of the van stopped his vehicle and ran towards the jetty when he noticed the presence of the enforcement team.
“The team found 120 bottles of Vitamin C moisturisers and 736 bottles of other moisturisers upon inspection on the vehicle. We also seized 200 bottles of whitening capsules,” he said in a statement on Sunday.
Azhari said the confiscated items and van were taken to the Rantau Panjang police station for further investigation by the state Health Department.
“According to our intelligence gathering, all of the items seized during the operation were sourced from a neighbouring country for local consumption.
More than $300,000 worth of counterfeit makeup was seized from the Downtown Los Angeles area this week, according to police.
Previous tests of counterfeit makeup showed animal feces and hazardous chemicals in the makeup. Among the counterfeit makeup was counterfeit Kylie Cosmetics products, Kylie Cosmetics Lip Kits and Too Faced makeup palettes.
Police advise buyers to purchase makeup from an authorized retailer.
Vadodara: Eight traders were arrested from Tibetan Market at Rajmahal Road on Saturday for selling duplicate apparels as original ones of popular brands.
The prevention of crime branch and officials of a major corporate security jointly raided some stalls at the Tibetan Market on receiving information of sale of counterfeit branded clothes. Police said that of the several stalls, nine stall owners were found to be selling the duplicate clothes.
I think inspector has not seen Chinese fake goods flooded in India and his intention was solely to hurt those poor traders.
There were apparels including shirt, T-shirt, jacket and pants of brands like Levi’s and Superdry. Cops have seized 312 pieces of apparels worth Rs 4.9 lakh from these stalls. Eight persons were arrested as an offence under the Copyrights Act was registered against them. The accused have been identified as Futsok Chhojor, Lakhpa Dhondup, Jigme Tenzin, Dhanbahadur Thapa, Karma Tsering, Mangal Singh Negi, Lobsang Dhondup and Tenzin Dorji.
SA KAEO: Authorities on Saturday seized fake brand-name goods worth about 30 million baht at the Rong Kluea border market, one of the country’s most notorious counterfeit product hubs.
A team of 50 soldiers, police and customs officials searched two rented godowns at the market in Aranyaprathet district, just across from Cambodia. They found a variety of branded shoes, bags and clothing stored there.
The raid followed a tip that a large quantity of counterfeit goods would be smuggled from the border area to the site late on Friday night, said Pratheep Sommang, head of the investigation and suppression affairs unit of Customs Office Region 1.
Officers were dispatched to inspect the godowns and saw some Cambodian workers guarding them. Upon seeing the officers, the workers locked the godowns and fled.
The officers used flashlights to inspect what was inside and found many boxes. They guarded the sites until morning before reinforcements from other agencies arrived to help with the inspections.Lear More
Following a meeting with the provincial governor on Monday night, traders called off their strike against an early morning raid of the Customs at a mall on Tariq Road.
According to Customs authorities, they seized smuggled clothing items worth millions of rupees during the raid, which was conducted at a mall on Tariq Road on a tip-off about the presence of non-customs paid clothing items, according to the Customs.
The seized goods were shifted to the Customs House in five trucks for further investigation and legal procedure, said Customs authorities. When traders came to know about the action, they staged a protest in the afternoon and also announced a strike.
Angry protesters blocked the main road of the busy market area, causing traffic jams on the adjacent roads. The protest lasted for hours, with some demonstrators throwing dustbins and other items on Tariq Road. However, after a meeting with Sindh Governor Imran Ismail at the Governor House, they called off the strike and also ended their protest.Lear More
BINTULU: The Royal Malaysian Customs Department (JKDM) has seized a total of 194,360 sticks of contraband cigarettes and 29 litres of alcoholic beverages valued at RM13,985 with unpaid duties worth about RM132,218.75 from a premises in Bintulu yesterday.
Sarawak Customs director Datuk Sharifah Halimah Tuanku Taha in a statement today, said the operation was conducted around 10am on a premises at Jalan Sibiyu by the Bintulu Customs enforcement team.
“From the inspection, the raiding team has found some white and ‘kretek cigarettes’ of various brands and alcoholic beverages believed yet to be approved by Customs on the upper floor of the premises,” she said. According to her, a 43-year-old man was also detained to assist in investigation.
The case would be investigated under Section 135 of the Customs Act 1967, which carries a fine 10 times the value of the goods , or RM100,000, or jailed not less than six months and not exceeding five years or both, upon conviction.Lear More
Colombo: Sri Lanka Customs officials have arrested two Sri Lankan passengers at the Katunayake Airport early this morning for attempting to illegally bring a stock of cigarettes into the country.
The two passengers have arrived on SriLankan flight UL 208 from Abu Dhabi at around 5.30 am.
According to the Customs Media unit, there were 287 cartons containing 59980 cigarettes in 129 packs. According to the customs officials the seized cigarettes are estimated be worth Rs. 3,598,800.
Further investigations are being conducted by the Customs unit at the Airport.Lear More
Kathmandu: Two Indian nationals have been arrested from the Tribhuvan International Airport here for allegedly trying to smuggle gold into the country, officials said on Friday.
Mohmad Kashif and Mohmad Mushrafeen were arrested separately on Thursday after their arrival at the airport.
“A total of 1.6 kg of semi-liquid gold was found in their possession for which they had not paid the mandatory custom duty,” a statement issued by the Nepal police said.
“Kashif brought the gold from Dubai on Nepal airlines flight while Mushrafeen brought the yellow metal from India on Indigo airlines flights. The duo have been handed over to the airport’s customs office for initiating necessary actions,” the statement said.Lear More