Agents from the Siem Reap provincial anti-economic crime police department on Friday seized tonnes of low-grade goods from a house in Siem Reap city’s Chreav commune.
Major General Tith Narong, chief of the provincial police, said the department collaborated with the provincial court, Camcontrol and local authorities to crack down on the storage of the goods in the house.
Maj Gen Narong said the fake goods include about 30,000 litres of cooking oil, 1,435 kilogrammes of butter and about 35 tonnes of unspecified flavourings.
“Police found cooking oil, butter and flavourings,” he said. “In total, we seized 66 tonnes and 4.5 kilogrammes.”
Maj Gen Narong said the authorities also arrested Seng Peal, 49, who allegedly own the products.
He said police are now working to send Peal to court.
“We are now preparing the paperwork,” Maj Gen Narong said.
He said police took samples of the goods and sent them to a laboratory, while documents were sent to the provincial tax department.
The Interior Ministry’s counter-counterfeit committee from January to August last year seized about 200 tonnes of fake goods which included cosmetics, medication and beverages.
Meach Sophanna, chairman of the committee, yesterday said committee members know how to spot fake goods.
“Officials know how to identify fake products, investigate a case and prevent distribution,” Mr Sophanna said.
Last year anti-economic crime police cracked down on the import and distribution of counterfeit bags that used Pedro and Charles & Keith labels.
A total of 250 bags were seized from an accessories shop in the capital’s Chamkar Mon district’s Olympic commune.
In August last year, the anti-economic crime department also seized counterfeit items using the Pedro and Charles & Keith brand names in five markets in Phnom Penh. Police confiscated 150 bags, 149 shoes and nine belts.
In 2018, police seized 664 counterfeit handbags using the Longchamp brand name in Tuol Tompoung market.
Police educated 10 sellers and made them sign contracts promising to stop selling the bags, which violated intellectual property rights.