The Crime Intelligence Unit of the Railway Protection Force (RPF) on Saturday seized 125 bottles of smuggled Indian Made Foreign Liquor (IMFL) from Mangala-Lakshadweep Express. The surprise inspection was conducted on the directive of Railway Divisional Security Commissioner Jithin B. Raj at the Vadakara railway station around 1.30 a.m.
With this, the total number of liquor bottles seized from various trains during the second phase of the lockdown reached 1,500. The recovered stock was handed over to the Excise Department for investigation. No one was arrested in connection with the latest incident.
RPF Additional Sub Inspector P.P. Bineesh said the checking squad had seized over 50 bottles in a similar surprise inspection on Mangala Express last Sunday. He added that there was a spike in liquor smuggling attempts subsequent to lockdown curbs on sales outlets in the State.
According to RPF officials, Mangala Express was one of the most misused trains by unidentified persons to ship illegally purchased stock. Despite intensified vigil, there have been attempts to break surveillance networks at various railway stations, they said.Lear More
Customs officials at the Chennai airport seized 9 kg of gold worth ₹4.5 crore from eight passengers, who had smuggled it from Dubai.
Based on information that gold was being smuggled by a group of passengers arriving from Dubai, special vigil was maintained at the airport to nab them.
Eight passengers who arrived from Dubai were intercepted at the exit as they appeared to be in a hurry. On questioning, they became nervous and gave evasive replies.
Gold paste in plastic pouches was found concealed in their trousers as well as underwear. About 9 kg gold was recovered from the gold paste after extraction and the same was seized under Customs Act. All the eight were arrested, said Commissioner of Customs, Chennai International Airport.Lear More
In the past two days, the state excise department has seized liquor worth Rs 1 crore from Panvel and Osmanabad, and arrested four people on charges of smuggling.
The Mumbai excise department received information that liquor was being smuggled to Panvel from Goa. Under the leadership of Mumbai excise flying squad Inspector Santaji Lad, officers laid a trap in Panvel and seized liquor worth Rs 56.5 lakh, and arrested two smugglers, Shinku Mishra and Shailesh Padmavati. Packed in 500 boxes were bottles of Royal Challenge, Officer’s Choice, Blue Whiskey and Old Monk.
Later, on Thursday, they laid a trap on the Beed-Osmanabad highway and seized a truck containing liquor worth Rs 43.93 lakh. They arrested Mahesh Ajnare and Kana Radhesham Charlala for smuggling the liquor. A total of 757 boxes of Royal Blue whiskey was seized.
State excise department officials are now searching for Deepak Rajput and Bhaijan Maulana. Officials said that these smugglers buy cheap liquor from Goa, smuggle it to Maharashtra and sell it at a higher price, making double profits.Lear More
Gardaí have seized almost €100,000 of counterfeit currency in recent days.
Gardaí in Laois, Offaly and Kildare carried out searches this week following an increase of counterfeit currency being posted into Ireland. During one search, more than €94,000 of counterfeit currency was seized in all denominations.
A 20-year-old female was arrested at the scene but was released without charge. A file will be prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions. A second search was carried out and €5,000 of counterfeit currency was seized.
A 21-year-old male was arrested, who was later charged and remanded in custody.
Gardaí have warned that incidents of counterfeit and prop money being posted into the country are becoming more frequent and there has been an increase in the tendering of such fraudulent notes.
A garda spokesperson said: “In many cases, business owners are detecting people using counterfeit €50 notes to buy small items.Lear More
Customs in Dubai have intercepted a shipment of 17,280 counterfeit packs of Unilever’s big-selling petroleum jelly product Vaseline, with an estimated Dh 400,000 ($109,000).
The seizure was made with the assistance of Dubai Customs’ IPR department, which said to be the first department of its kind in the Middle East. Its director – Yousef Ozair Mubarak – said: “We received information about a shipment of counterfeit petroleum jelly ‘Vaseline’ coming from an Asian country, and with the help and coordination with the Intelligence Department, we set a plan to seize it.”
“We cooperate with the Brand Owners’ Protection Group to fight these counterfeit goods and protect the rights of trademarks, and engage trademark owners in workshops to educate our inspectors with the latest methods of detecting and distinguishing fake products,” he added.Lear More
LUDHIANA: In a major anti-smuggling action customs commissionerate Ludhiana has seized 29.84 lakh sticks of cigarettes worth several crores which were being imported illegally under the garb of dry dates.
As per the declaration made by the importer the containers were said to have been containing only 1120 bags of dry dates but in actual there were lesser bags of dry dates than declared in the cargo and rest of the space was used to conceal huge quantity of cigarettes.
Department has booked a case against the importer and further probe is underway. The action was undertaken by customs officials at Inland Container Depot (ICD) CONCOR located in Dhandari Kalan and the arrest of some persons seems likely in this case.
Giving more information, Arvinder Singh Ranga, commissioner of customs Ludhiana said, “A Ludhiana based firm imported two containers from Dubai which were declared to have been containing 1120 bags of dry dates. Company through its customs house agent (CHA) filed bill of entry for this consignment on May 13 and in the documents submitted by the firm it was declared that there were 560 bags of dry dates in each of these two forty feet containers.Lear More
TIRUPATI: Special enforcement bureau sleuths seized large quantities of Telangana liquor being smuggled into the state near the two states border in Kurnool district on Wednesday.
Kurnool SEB circle inspector R Ravi Chandra and his team who were conducting vehicular checks at the Panchalingala checkpost intercepted a Telangana vehicle and seized 480 liquor bottles stacked up in 14 carton boxes on Wednesday morning.
Police seized the car used for the smuggling of Telangana liquor into the state and arrested Achari Arun, a resident of Nagar Kurnool.
Meanwhile during raids carried out at various places, SEB sleuths arrested 45 persons and seized 6818 liquor bottles on Wednesday. 8 vehicles were also seized by the enforcement bureau sleuths.
Kurnool SP Dr Kaginelli Fakeerappa warned miscreants to refrain from smuggling liquor from other states into the state of Andhra Pradesh. He directed the SEB sleuths to step up vigil along the porous routes close to the borders of the neighbouring states besides maintaining a strong tab on vehicular movements along the border checkposts.Lear More
It happened between Saturday (May 15) and Monday (May 17). U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers intercepted two dozen packages containing the fake currency. Authorities process more than 57 million packages each year and typically seize about 40 to 50 packages of “illegitimate goods,” according to a press release from the agency issued Tuesday (May 18). Those goods include medications, narcotics, jewelry, electronics and others.
The shipments with $685,000 in counterfeit money all came from China and were headed for different U.S. cities, including in Illinois and Indiana. The counterfeit money came in the form of $5, $10, $20, $50 and $100 bills, apparently to be used as prop money (though it it violates federal law to reproduce currency). It was all handed over to Homeland Security Investigations and the U.S. Secret Service to investigate, the release states.
“Our CBP officers are always on the alert watching for any type of prohibited shipments that come through the IMF,” Shane Campbell, Area Port Director-Chicago, said in the release. “By stopping these shipments we are protecting our financial institutions, businesses and the public.”Lear More
The Panchkula police arrested two persons for smuggling country-made liquor and India-made foreign liquor (IMFL) late last night.
The arrested accused have been identified as Vakil Khan, a resident of Haryali village near Raipur Rani, and Krishan Singh, a resident of Kharag Mangoli.
The police said they had received information that Vakil Khan was selling country made liquor at Gugga Marri near his house at Moli village. The police team raided the spot and recovered seven cartons of country made liquor of “Raseela Santra” brand from Vakil Khan.
A case under Sections 188, 269 and 270 of the IPC, Excise Act and the Disaster Management Act 2005 has been registered against him at the Raipur Rani police station.
Similarly, the police received information that Krishan Singh, a resident of Kharag Mangoli, was smuggling liquor from Chandigarh in his car and selling it at exorbitant rates. The police team laid a naka on the slip road on the Majri chowk. The police signalled Krishan Singh to stop his car at the naka. They recovered four cartons of IMFL, which was meant for sale in Chandigarh only.Lear More
U. S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers in Cincinnati have seized three large shipments from China that contained fake Apple AirPods which are estimated to be worth around $7.16 million.
A total of 36,000 fake AirPods have been seized, each shipment containing 12,000 units. Although each package had a declared value of $5,280, the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price for all the AirPods would have been $7.16 million had they been genuine.
In the official statement released by the US CBP, it says that after consulting with an import specialist from CBP’s Center of Excellence and Expertise, the items were found to be in violation of CBP trademark and copyright codes and were seized on May 11 and 13.
It goes on to explain that Apple has configuration trademarks on their AirPods and has recorded those trademarks with CBP. It also adds that a company does not have to put the “Apple” wordmark or design on their products to violate these trademarks. In this instance, further inspection of the earbuds revealed that their shape and design replicated the protected Apple configuration.Lear More