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cops seize $65m worth of fake cigarettes

Published:Saturday | December 19, 2015 | 12:00 AM

A STASH of counterfeit

cigarettes valued at more than $65 million was seized yesterday during an operation in an Upper St Andrew


The Jamaica Constabulary Force's Counter Terrorism and Organised Crime division (C-TOC), which led the operations, reported that 154 boxes, each containing 50 cartons of Craven A and Newport cigarettes, were found in a room in the residential


The police did not reveal the name of the community.

"The items were found in a room in a residential community, which was stacked from ground to ceiling," Senior Superintendent Clifford Chambers, who is attached to C-TOC, told The Gleaner.

Chambers revealed that no one was arrested in connection with the seizure, but indicated that investigators have identified an Asian man as a person of interest.

He said investigators believe the cigarettes are part of a large counterfeit ring.

"We are following other leads as it relates to other locations where some of these items are, and we hope we will also be successful in locating those," he told The Gleaner.