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Eleven tonnes of fake cosmetics seized

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A warehouse in Meanchey district was used to store the haul of fake goods. Supplied

The Interior Ministry’s anti-economic crime department on Monday raided a warehouse and seized more than 11 tonnes of fake cosmetics in Phnom Penh’s Meanchey district.

The raid was led by deputy director Meas Ravuth, who cooperated with local authorities and Phnom Penh Municipal Court deputy prosecutor Srey Makny to seize the haul from a warehouse in Stung Meanchey 1 commune.

Mat Yousos, police chief of the anti-intellectual property crime bureau at the Interior Ministry, said the raid followed a complaint lodged by the Pech BT Company.

Mr Yousos said police found 13 cases of counterfeit goods, including the brands Viera and Lavita, and seized a range of cosmetics, including shampoo, soap, skin cream and perfume.

“We found more than 11 tonnes of counterfeit cosmetics,” Mr Yousos said, noting the goods have been cordoned off at the warehouse for experts to inspect them today.

Workers at the warehouse told police that most of the products were imported from Vietnam, while others came from Thailand, Hong Kong and Malaysia.

“The owner of the warehouse and company, Mr Tao Prasith, fled and we are looking for him to finish this case,” Mr Yousos said.

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