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Port Moresby Police Confiscate counterfeit cigarettes

POLICE in the National Capital District confirmed that two containers confiscated during a raid at the PNG Ports/Customs storage facility at the Motukea Wharf contained counterfeit cigarettes.
National Drug and Vice Squad (NDVS) members confirmed this when the two containers were opened last Thursday before witnesses from the PNG Customs, the PNG Immigration & Citizenship Authority, the National Narcotics Bureau, Department of Labour, Magisterial Services, Clerk of the Waigani District Court, the NCDC Heath Division and a member of the Manufacturers Council of PNG.

Sergeant Thomas Moiyang of the NDVS confirmed that the two containers, a 40 footer contained 1,004 cartons of cigarettes whilst the 20 footer contained 450 cartons.
He added that the containers were confiscated on March 2019 and taken to the McGregor Police barracks a month ago where they were kept until they were opened last Thursday.
Sergeant Moiyang said the containers were allegedly imported from Philippines by a company based at the Kennedy Estate at 8 Mile who declared that they contained general goods and building materials.
“It is estimated that the value of the contraband cigarettes will be in the millions,” Sgt Moiyang said, adding that the police are still investigating how the containers entered the country and whether the appropriate customs import duties and taxes were paid.

Photo & captions:. The Police National Drug and Vice Squad members opening and checking the two confiscated containers.

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