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10m yuan of goods seized in fakes raid

POLICE have busted a fake-goods operation, seizing items valued at 10 million yuan (US$1.58 million) and holding five suspects.

Products confiscated include fakes of top-brand clothes, watches, belts and suitcases, Putuo District police said yesterday.

Officers said the fakes were stored at an apartment and sold at a shopping mall.

The suspects are reported to have told police that they could make 60,000 yuan a month from the business.

But police estimate that their illegal gains were much higher - up to 100,000 yuan a month.

Officers said they raided the apartment following two months of investigations prompted by a tip-off.

The suspects had a storefront at a shopping mall on Hongmei Road with "many customers, including foreigners," said police.

Police say the suspects dealt mostly with frequent customers who would first look through brochures before returning the next day to collect their purchases.

"And the biggest fish could come to their apartment for a detailed view," said a police officer.

The sellers had an three-room apartment for storing the fake goods and hired three assistants, police said.

Police seized more than 2,000 fake designer items. "For a few thousand yuan, someone could wear famous brands from head to toe," an officer said.

Police said they are continuing investigations involving the same shopping mall.


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