Anti-economic crime police on Tuesday raided a factory producing counterfeit cigarettes and seized 35 tonnes of the product in Kandal province.
Long Sreng, head of the anti-economic crime department, said on Tuesday that the raid was carried out in collaboration with local authorities following a complaint from the company authorised to produce the cigarettes under the ESSE brand.
“We cracked down on the factory in the province’s Takhmao city after receiving a complaint from the producer of ESSE cigarettes,” he said. “We seized the fake cigarettes from the factory’s warehouse in the town’s Kampong Samnanh village.”
Provincial police chief Major General Eav Chamroeun on Tuesday identified the owner of the company registered to produce ESSE cigarettes as Sat Dane.
“The copyright owner of the ESSE brand, whose company is located in Phnom Penh’s Russey Keo district, has been registered to produce the cigarettes since 2016 and she filed the complaint when she discovered that counterfeits were being produced,” he said. “After we checked out the warehouse, we seized 35 tonnes of the fake cigarettes and took the two factory owners in for questioning.”
He identified the two factory owners as Xu Chui Yao and Jiange Shao Chong, both Chinese nationals, and said they were being questioned pending further action.
Maj Gen Chamroeun noted that authorities have shut down the factory’s operations.
On Monday, officers from the department raided a house packaging counterfeit seasoning products in Phnom Penh’s Russey Keo district and seized 17 tonnes of the products.
From January to August, the Interior Ministry’s counter-counterfeit committee has seized about 200 tonnes of fake products. Officials have seized cosmetics, medicines, and beverages.