13 Nov 2008

One million fake cigarettes destoryed in Solomon Islands

12:15 pm on 13 November 2008

Police, Customs and Excise and representatives of Solomon Tobacco have destroyed over one million fake cigarettes.

This followed an extensive joint investigation which led to the Honiara Magistrates Court issuing a 100-thousand US dollar penalty in August to a local business man.

Yesterday the SIBC reports a total of 154 boxes that each contained thirty sleeves of 10 packets of fake cigarettes were burned.

The director of Police Prosecutions Inspector, Mathew Taro, said that this was the biggest prosecution case involving fake cigarettes to his knowledge in the Solomon Islands and has thanked other law enforcement agencies for their assistance.