Fake goods confiscated in Otjiwarongo

24 Feb 2015 14:00pm
OTJIWARONGO, 24 FEB (NAMPA) – Counterfeit cigarettes, whisky sachets and baby diapers worth thousands of Namibian dollars were on Tuesday confiscated by officials of the Ministry of Finance’s Directorate of Customs and Excise, together with the police.
Spokesperson of the Namibian Police Force (NamPol) in the Otjozondjupa Region, Warrant Officer Maureen Mbeha said the police had acted on a tip-off from the general public.
She said police investigations discovered that the fake goods were transported from Oshikango in the Ohangwena Region to Otjiwarongo in the Otjozondjupa Region on Monday.
The owner of the goods, a Congolese national from the Osire Refugee Settlement, was not arrested. The products were confiscated and the Directorate of Customs and Excise will fine him.
Mbeha warned businesspersons in the region to refrain from selling counterfeit merchandise.
An official from the Otjiwarongo Customs’ office, who asked for anonymity, told Nampa in an interview that the counterfeit products were confiscated at house no. 674 in Orwetoveni residential area.
“We from Customs had teamed up with the police to investigate the origin of these counterfeits,” said the official.
He said the estimated street value of the fake Yes Cigarettes, whisky sachets and baby diapers is nearly N.dollars 18 000.
The goods would be destroyed as they are totally fake, illegal, and unfit for human consumption, the customs’ official said.