Customs seizes P75M worth of fake iPhones, Vivo gadgets
The gadgets came with fake security check stickers.
Operatives of the Bureau of Customs raided a warehouse in Sta. Cruz, Manila and discovered a stash of imitation gadgets.
Around 25,000 units of fake iPhones, Nokia and Vivo smartphones and tablets were recovered from the scene, which are worth roughly P75 million.
Meanwhile, other phones are of the brands ZH&K, Chico Mobile, CKK, and Samsung bearing fake stickers from the National Telecommunication Commission.
Officials from the Philippine National Police and Barangay 302 of Manila assisted the June 21 operation, which stemmed from a tip from a brand representative. Customs officials were actually conducting surveillance of the warehouse since May.
The warehouse is owned by a certain Joseph Lee, Albert Chua, and Kevin Sy. They will face charges for violating the Customs act and the Intellectual Property Code.