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Cigar News for November 2011 - First Edition
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Wednesday, 16 November 2011

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Thousands of Phony Cohibas Seized in Key West

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So, you just got back from Key West and are ready to finally light up one of the Cohiba cigars you purchased during your trip.  While it may look like the real deal, chances are it is fake, especially when you consider the recent seizure of over 3,000 counterfeit Cohibas from the area in Florida’s southernmost tip.

U.S. Homeland Security Investigations was the law enforcement agency that took the lead in the Cohiba seizures, but the U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Florida Department of Law Enforcement, and the Florida Alcoholic Beverages & Tobacco Bureau of Law Enforcement are also credited in taking part in all of the action.  Each counterfeit Cohiba was reportedly being sold for around $20, putting the entire street value of the goods seized at approximately $60,000.  The wannabe Cohibas were taken from seven different tobacco retail stores in some of the most popular tourist areas of Key West.

Not surprisingly, the seizure was welcome news to General Cigar, the company credited with putting Cohibas as well as other brand such as Macanudo, Punch, Hoyo de Monterrey, and more on the market.  President of General Cigar, Dan Carr, had this to say about the seizure in the company’s official press release: “The seizure of counterfeit COHIBA cigars yesterday represents a clear victory in General Cigar’s fight to protect our cigar bands from counterfeiters and trademark infringers. We look forward to continuing to cooperate with federal and state law enforcement officials in Florida and have offered to assist in any prosecutions and future investigations.”

While it is certainly a luxury to be able to light up a premium cigar like a Cohiba, its popularity makes it a good target for counterfeiters looking to make a quick buck.  Be weary before burning your hard earned cash on any deals that seem too good to be true, whether in person or online.






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