The Jalandhar Police Commissionerate on Thursday busted a gang involved in smuggling illicit liquor in the city amid lockdown. The police arrested three persons and recovered 316 cartons of liquor bottles of various brands.
The Commissioner of Police, Jalandhar, Gurpreet Singh Bhullar, said the police got a tip-off that Rajinder Kumar of Makhdoompura was supplying liquor in the city during the curfew imposed due to Covid-19, for which he had set up a godown at Raj Nagar.
To ensure that no one gets skeptical of this illegal business, Raju kept tenants at the godown, from where the liquor was supplied in a four- wheeler (PB-08 CH 9646).
Bhullar said a team of CIA Staff-1 raided the godown and arrested three suspects, identified as Amit Kumar, alias Ajay, Ankit and Ram Sewak, with 316 cartons of illicit liquor.
The CP further said Amit Kumar was a native of Visholi village in Unnao district of UP; Ankit of Chantpur village in Bihar; and Ram Sewak of Khera village in Unnao district of UP. They were Rajinder’s tenants and were involved in illegally supplying liquor during the lockdown. A case was registered.
CINCINNATI — United States Customs and Border Protection officers in Cincinnati seized 2,000 counterfeit KN95 masks at a Cincinnati shipping hub in early April.
The masks had been shipped from China and destined for Austin, Texas, according to a news release. If they reached their destination uninterrupted, they could have been sold for as much as $7,000.
Officers seized the masks for trademark violation — KN95 masks are specifically manufactured by 3M, a company that makes safety products such as respirators and goggles — but noted that fake masks can also endanger public health during the coronavirus crisis.
“Trade in counterfeit and pirated goods threatens America’s innovation economy, the competitiveness of our businesses, the livelihoods of U.S. workers, and, in some cases, national security and the health and safety of consumers,” CBP spokesman Steven Bansbach said. “Trade in these illegitimate goods is associated with smuggling and other criminal activities, and often funds criminal enterprises.”Lear More
PENAMPANG: Two foreign men will face the music for trying to bribe police officers after being caught smuggling 755 cartons of contraband cigarettes.
Sabah Deputy Commissioner of Police Datuk Mazli Mazlan said the incident happened around 3.30pm on April 20 when a police team, carrying out ‘snap check’ operation, stopped the suspects’ Perodua Bezza car along Jalan Ulu Putatan.
He said the police stopped the vehicle for routine inspection during the movement control order (MCO) period and found boxes containing contraband cigarettes.
During questioning, one of the suspects tried to bribe police officers by offering RM7,000 for their release, he added.
However, Mazli said none of the officers were interested in the offer but instead detained both men at the scene, he told a press conference at the Penampang Police Headquarters yesterday.Lear More
Spiralling gold prices and a sagging economy may have dampened the spirits of both consumers and jewellers. But, there are a few people making the most out of this situation.
As gold prices skyrocketed during FY20, smuggling activity also touched an all-time high. According to data shared by Chennai Customs, Chennai International Airport seized as much as 375 kg of gold in FY20 as against 271 kg seized in the previous year. The seizure, in value terms, had more than doubled to ₹134 crore in FY20 as compared to ₹87 crore a year ago.
The depreciation of the rupee in relation to the dollar and the US-China trade war crisis made investors find a safe haven in the yellow metal, which led to a price hike. In addition, the high customs duty made the legal import of gold costlier. All of these pushed some people to choose the smuggling path.Lear More
Lockdown regulations in South Africa have seen an increase in demand for products currently not available, with the national border protection tasking reporting a half a million Rand increase in the value of contraband seized last month compared with March 2019.
Statistics from the Joint Operations Division of the SA National Defence Force (SANDF) show contraband, including cigarettes, other tobacco products and alcohol, conservatively valued at R1,07 million was confiscated by patrolling soldiers on South Africa’s land borders with Botswana, eSwatini, Lesotho, Mozambique and Zimbabwe between 1 and 31 March. This is R472 063 more in Rand terms than the previous March.
At the same time it appears lockdown protocols and regulations, whether in South Africa or its neighbours, has not affected the efforts of dagga smugglers.Lear More
Police has taken major action in the liquor smuggling case in Mungeli district of Raipur district of Chhattisgarh. On Thursday, April 16, the people who were smuggling the liquor during the lockdown were arrested and arrested. Surprisingly, three policemen and Mungeli Youth Congress district president Rahul Singh have also been accused in this case. Following these allegations, the Congress leader has been suspended from the party for 6 years.
Simultaneously, police constables have also been suspended.
In fact, there were frequent complaints of liquor smuggling in Mungeli district. On Thursday, on the instructions of SP D Shravan, the team of Lormi SDOP Qadir Khan arrested and smuggled illegal smugglers. In which it was revealed that these smugglers were doing nothing but policemen and Congress leaders themselves. Police said that one of the constables has been arrested, the other two constables have escaped, while DGP Awasthi has suspended all three constables.
According to the police, the Mungeli youth Congress district president Rahul Singh along with three police constables was supplying illegal liquor. Blockade was imposed in the forest of Orapani at Khudia Chowki in Lormi area, where smugglers from Madhya Pradesh’s Dindori district used to bring illegal liquor through the jungle, with police seizing 52 liters of English liquor in action.Lear More
Three men have been arrested in northern KwaZulu-Natal after they were caught transporting 20,095 packs of cigarettes from Mozambique on Thursday.
Police spokesperson Capt Nqobile Gwala said an operation was conducted near the Hluhluwe Game Reserve and members stopped three bakkies travelling on the road.
“A search was conducted and 40 boxes, each containing 500 packets of cigarettes, were seized by police. The street value of the recovered cigarettes is estimated at R900,000.”
Gwala said the men, aged between 28 and 54, were arrested.
“A 33-year-old suspect was also charged for being an illegal immigrant. They will appear in court soon facing charges for being in possession of illicit cigarettes.”
“This arrest will send a clear message to others who are contemplating smuggling illicit cigarettes into the province. Operations are in place to combat all forms of criminality in the province,” said the KwaZulu-Natal provincial commissioner, Lieutenant General Khombinkosi Jula.Lear More
Two men who were using a private ambulance to allegedly smuggle illicit liquor bottles into Delhi from Haryana were arrested in South West Delhi’s Chhawla and the vehicle seized on Thursday, the police said. A total of 913 smuggled illicit liquor bottles were found from in the ambulance.
The police said that the driver of the ambulance had hired the duo to smuggle the consignment of liquor, in order to make a quick buck. The police are on the lookout for the driver, identified as Jai Singh. The arrested were identified as Harish Lohia, 34, who was driving the vehicle, and Devender,40.
The deputy commissioner of police (Dwarka), Anto Alphonse, said that they were tipped off about the consignment of illicit liquor being transported in a private ambulance bearing Haryana registration number. “Our team laid a trap near the local crematorium. Around 9.30am, the ambulance, a Force jeep, was spotted and stopped. Its driver and another occupant tried to flee but were caught,” Alphonse said.
The police found a cold storage unit in the ambulance filled with liquor bottles and retrieved more bottles from other parts of the vehicle. A total of 25 cartons, containing 913 bottles of illicit liquor, were recovered, he said.Lear More
MANILA, Philippines — Assorted smuggled cigarettes amounting to P8.275 million were intercepted by authorities in Zamboanga City, the Bureau of Customs (BOC) reported Thursday.
Some 300 master cases of smuggled Bravo, Fort, Tradition, LS, Astro cigarettes were found onboard vessel MJ NR 4 in Barangay Lower Calarian in Zamboanga City during an operation conducted by the BOC-Customs Intelligence and Investigation Service (CIIS) Zamboanga Operatives, in coordination with the Naval Intelligence and Security Group-Western Mindanao (NISG-WM) and Naval Special Operating Unit (NAVSOU) on April 14.
The operation was conducted following reports that a motorized banca loaded with alleged smuggled cigarettes from Jolo, Sulu is anchored within the vicinity of Stanvac Lower Calarian, Zamboanga City.
The shipment will be subjected to issuance of Warrant of Seizure and Detention (WSD) for lack of permit from the National Tobacco Administration (NTA) and for violation of Executive Order No. 245 and Republic Act No. 10863, BOC said.Lear More
A Malawian man has been arrested in Botswana for possession of 84 boxes containing 4 200 cartons of Chele Chele cigarettes suspected to have been smuggled through Zimbabwe.
The cigarettes are estimated to be valued at P126 000. The man, who has not been identified, was arrested on Monday by Mogoditshane police.
Botswana police’s public relations officer Assistant Commissioner Dipheko Motube confirmed the arrest and said investigations were continuing. He said such activities impeded the ongoing war against the Covid-19 pandemic.
Asst Comm Motube appealed to citizens to be on the lookout for people selling tobacco and report to the nearest police. Zimbabwe’s national police spokesperson Assistant Commissioner Paul Nyathi told reporters last night that he had not yet heard of the case.Lear More