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Customs seizes shipment of counterfeit vaping devices in Cincinnati

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers seized a shipment containing 72,500 counterfeit packets of disposable vaping devices in Cincinnati earlier this month.

The shipment arriving from Hong Kong and headed to Georgia included 153 cartons of counterfeit Pop Blue Raz packets that, were they real, would be worth just over $1.1 million, according to a CBP press release.

“Consumer health and safety are our key concerns when Customs and Border Protection officers enforce intellectual property rights laws,” said Richard Gillespie, Cincinnati’s port director.

“Counterfeit products that you inhale or ingest could seriously hurt you. They are manufactured in unregulated and unsanitary facilities with ingredients that you cannot be sure are authentic.”

Last October, CBP officials seized a shipment of 180 counterfeit Juul disposable vaping device packets in Cincinnati.

That shipment also came from Hong Kong, and was headed to a home in Miami.

Jeanne Houck/Cincinnati Enquirer