LOS ANGELES (AP) — Customs officials say they have seized more than 22,000 cartons of counterfeit cigarettes valued at more than $1 million at a Southern California port.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection said in a news release Wednesday that import specialists and officers at the Los Angeles/Long Beach port complex intercepted the shipment from China and seized more than 4.4 million cigarettes with false Marlboro trademarks.

The statement says the retail value of the 22,170 cartons marked Marlboro Light 100s and Marlboro Gold Pack would have totaled $1.1 million.

Customs officials say the shipment was falsely labeled “hang tags and hang plugs.”

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Comments (3)
  1. Bradley N Kiefer says:

    What are we waiting for? Now is the time the US should attack China and it’s allies. It will happen to us soon enough if we let it. I say nuke every living China man that breathes!

  2. Luk3 says:

    Exactly what prohibition causes, but this is least of the concerns from the issues caused by prohibition. And yes, taxing something out of reach from the average American IS prohibition as is when smoking on the sidewalk or middle of the road is outlawed and you will be ticketed and coerced into appearing in court… Prohibition but collecting the profits.

  3. James says:

    Yeah , we want our legal toxic poison from an American company! Quality control. I wonder if Chinese bullets feel different than American bullets?

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