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Up in smoke: Fake cigs seized at PP market

Up in smoke: Fake cigs seized at PP market

The Interior Ministry’s anti-economic crime unit seized 1,056 packets of fake cigarettes in Phnom Penh’s Daun Penh district on Tuesday, but made no arrests.

Mat Yousu, chief of the Anti-Intellectual Property Crime Office, said police raided a home and several stalls at Central Market (Phsar Thmey) in cooperation with Phnom Penh Municipal Court, the anti-economic crime unit and local authorities.

The raid was prompted by a complaint filed by British American Tobacco, which produces the 555 brand of cigarettes.

“We seized a total of 1,056 packets of fake cigarettes. We have questioned a dealer who was found in his home,” Yousu said.

The case was sent to Phnom Penh Municipal Court on Wednesday. It will decide whether to take further action, he said.

A National Police report identified the dealer as Chhuon Chheng, 46. He will be summoned for questioning at the Interior Ministry’s Anti-Economic Crime Department.

The report also said police have been cracking down and taking legal actions against the sale and distribution of fake cigarettes recently, but some people still carried out the trade.

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