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65,000 packs of contraband cigarettes destroyed in southern Vietnam

65,000 packs of contraband cigarettes destroyed in southern Vietnam

Friday, August 05, 2016, 19:14 GMT+7

Authorities in the southern province of Ben Tre have destroyed a huge amount of recently-confiscated contraband goods, including tens of thousands of smuggled cigarette packs.

The destroyed cigarettes included brands such as JET, Hero, Scott, and 555, according to the province’s market surveillance agency.

Other contraband, counterfeit, and low-quality goods, including hundreds of pairs of glasses, 453 packs of counterfeited Ajinomoto seasoning powder, 161 plastic swords and guns, hundreds of crates of beer, and hundreds of helmets were also destroyed.

The goods, all of unverified origin, were seized in joint inspections performed since the beginning of the year, said La Van Be, head of the market surveillance agency.

In the first six months of the year, the agency found over 641 violations and issued VND9.6 billion (US$430,560) in penalties.

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