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Customs operatives yesterday seized some 25,000 units of fake tablets and smartphones, including iPhones, from a warehouse in Binondo, Manila. The haul was estimated to have a street value of P7.5 million.

Local officials, including from Barangay 302, accompanied the police and Customs personnel in raiding the warehouse.

The counterfeit versions of iPhone, Nokia, and Vivo were without the requisite stickers issued by the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC).

The warehouse has been the subject of surveillance since May after Customs received a tip that it houses fake phones.

Acting on Letter of Authority 06-21-028-2018, the Bureau of Customs (BoC) went to the warehouse but the registered owners were not around. Only the operations manager identified as one Peter Lee was around.

Commissioner Isidro Lapeña said an initial investigation showed that the warehouse is owned by Joseph Lee, Albert Chua, and Kevin Sy.

Lapeña said they have given the warehouse owners 15 days from the date of inspection to provide pertinent importation documents.