Officers from the Interior Ministry’s Anti-Economic Crime Department raided a house distributing counterfeit cosmetic products in Meanchey district on Friday, seizing numerous products.
According to a report from the department, joint forces that included Camcontrol officials, Health Ministry officials, local authorities and a prosecutor raided the house in Stung Meanchey 1 commune for allegedly packaging and distributing the cosmetic products without a license.
The forces seized various cosmetic products weighing a total of 1,143 kilos, which were sent to the department. The owner, Kim Horng, 24, was brought in for questioning.
Chan Vanthoeun, the department’s director, could not be reached for comment.
Long Sreng, deputy director of the department, confirmed the raid and referred questions to officer Mak Chisos. Mr Chisos said the cosmetic products had no clear source or brand as required in the decree on cosmetic management, which led police to believe that they are counterfeit.
“Those cosmetic products did not have brand names or clear sources of origin,” he said. “I’m not 100 percent sure they are counterfeit myself, but according to the decree on the management of cosmetics, they are considered counterfeit products.”
“The conclusion on whether they are fake or not will be made after more research and a decision from the court,” he added. “For the owner, we have not yet taken legal action; we let her come in and be questioned, and will call her back if we need to.”
Mr Chisos noted that only Ms Horng was involved in the business and the target market for her products remains unclear.
In April, the Interior Ministry’s Counter Counterfeit Committee destroyed more than 60 tonnes of counterfeit cosmetics confiscated.