General Cigar, owner of the Cohiba trademark, has announced that more than 10,000 counterfeit Cohiba cigars were seized by law enforcement officials in Miami. The raids on April 23rd were conducted by the Miami Office of the Florida Division of Alcoholic Beverages & Tobacco. The raids were the result of an investigation conducted by law enforcement officials in conjunction with the efforts of General Cigar.
The 10,000 counterfeit cigars were discovered for sale on Calle Ocho, a popular tourist shopping area in Little Havana, Miami. Around 1,800 boxes of counterfeit cigars worth over $200,000 were uncovered and confiscated in all. The cigars included the Cohiba brand name along with the words “Republica Dominicana.” Nor is this the only instance of fraud uncovered by the brand. In November of last year, law enforcement officials in Florida seized over 3,000 counterfeit Cohiba cigars in Key West.
I thought only Cuban cigars were faked, but it turns out some people fall for counterfeit Dominican Cohibas :)