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Takeo warehouses raided over smuggled soap

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Authorities raid a warehouse in Takeo province. Cam Post

Anti-economic crime police in Takeo province on Friday raided two warehouses suspected of storing illegally imported soap from Vietnam.

Police said the raids were conducted in Daun Keo city and Tram Kak district with the participation of a provincial court prosecutor.

Bout Phat, a city police officer, yesterday said the goods were counterfeit and smuggled from Vietnam.

“Provincial police came to the depots in the city after a company that has exclusive rights to the product filed a complaint saying that the warehouses were storing fake goods,” Mr Phat said.

Provincial anti-economic crime bureau chief Vong Hokly could not be reached for comment.

However, Mr Hokly identified the product as Lix in a police report and noted that BDC Limited Cambodia has exclusive distribution rights.

He said that following a week-long investigation, the warehouses were finally raided on Friday. Police found 110 cases belonging to owner Sok Yaing and 40 cases belonging to another owner Ham Sophy.

Phann Sopheak, a spokesman for the provincial court, said that the owners must pay BDC Limited Cambodia compensation.

“The case is not finished yet, and we are still trying to find out how the products got smuggled through a border checkpoint,” Mr Sopheak said. “Regarding the owners, they must compensate BDC Limited Cambodia. Right now, the police are working to build a case file.”

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