$120M in counterfeit cigarettes seized in operation

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The authorities have made a major dent in the illicit cigarette trade.

The Customs Department is reporting that it has seized J$120 million worth of counterfeit Marlboro cigarettes.

A statement from the Department said four million sticks of the fake cigarettes were found in a 20 foot container which originated in China.

It was seized at Kingston Container Terminal.

The counterfeit cigarettes were originally declared as plastic and styrofoam cups and plates.

The Customs Department says the trading of counterfeit cigarettes is a breach of the Trade Marks Act as well as the Copyright Act.

It adds that counterfeit cigarettes, although cheaper, pose a serious health risk as the contents are unregulated.

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