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B20mn in fake, contraband goods seized in Phuket, Hat Yai

PHUKET: Customs officers have seized counterfeit and untaxed products and banned items worth about B20 million in Hat Yai district of Songkhla and Phuket.

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By Bangkok Post

Saturday 26 December 2015, 10:42AM


Senior customs officers and soldiers inspect counterfeit and contraband goods seized during recent searches on three locations in Hat Yai district of Songkhla and a private firm in Phuket during a media briefing on Friday (Dec 25). Photo: Bangkok Post

Senior customs officers and soldiers inspect counterfeit and contraband goods seized during recent searches on three locations in Hat Yai district of Songkhla and a private firm in Phuket during a media briefing on Friday (Dec 25). Photo: Bangkok Post

The seizures followed searches by customs officers and soldiers in three locations in Songkhla province, including the Hat Yai post office, bus terminal and railway station, as well as a private company providing postal services in Phuket.

The items, worth about B20 million, included 167 electronic baraku cigarettes, 4,976 bottles of cough syrup, 10,880 Zolam tranquiliser tablets and more than 6,000 pieces of fake brand-name clothing, watches, shoes, bags and accessories, Sakdipat Rungruang, director of the Customs Office Region 4’s customs control unit said during a media briefing on Friday (Dec 25).

Mr Sakdispat said his office and soldiers would continue the operation to crack down on contraband, particularly during the lead-up to the New Year’s holiday, as untaxed products were in high demand.

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Authorities would also stem the influx of cough syrup and other narcotic substances into the deep South, he added.

 

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