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Fake cigarette traders jailed

A district court sentenced 10 defendants engaged in five cases of selling fake cigarettes to a maximum of four years today.

Judges of Jing'an District People's Court said they have cracked down on counterfeit cigarette sales to help improve the city's tobacco market before Expo.

Famous cigarette brands like Chunghwa, 555 and Marlboro were involved in the cases, and the largest value of goods involved in a single case was 1.08 million yuan (US$158,000).

In the most serious case, Zheng Zhikang, a local native, instructed two unemployed men, Kang Long and Wang Qi, to transport more than 100 boxes of bogus cigarettes to a warehouse in Pudong New Area on September 8, 2009, and then to another place two days later.

Kang and Wang were caught by police loading the cigarettes at the warehouse. Police found 173,000 packs of fake cigarettes valued at 1.08 million yuan in the warehouse.

Zheng was later arrested.

The trio were sentenced from three to four years for attempting to sell counterfeits.


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