Two held over fake cigarette sales

TWO people have been detained for allegedly selling counterfeit trademarked cigarettes, Shanghai police said this morning.

Pudong New Area police said that the suspects, one surnamed Wang and the other surnamed Pei, brought wholesale cigarettes from Shenzhen Special Economic Zone and Fujian Province. They repacked them as Chonghwa cigarettes, a popular upmarket brand, and sold them to grocery stores and street peddlers.

Pudong police said that the two were often seen peddling cigarettes in a white car this month in Pudong and Putuo districts and their price was much cheaper than usual.

Police raided the two while they were moving stock in a residential garage at Yanggao Road S. last Thursday. Wang and Pei were found with 2,655 boxes of cigarettes, which were confiscated.

The suspects could earn 16,000 yuan (US$2,342) by selling each batch of cigarettes they bought for less than 4,000 yuan, the police said.


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