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5 detained during counterfeit crackdown

MORE than 2,100 fake bags and watches, including luxury brands such as Louis Vuitton, Gucci, Hermes and Vacheron Constantin, have been confiscated in a citywide crackdown on counterfeit products by police and the industry and commerce administration.

The AP Plaza at the Shanghai Science and Technology Museum Station on Metro Line 2 in the Pudong New Area, a favorite place for locals and visitors buying fake products, was raided along with another two locations on the same day, during which three shops and five storerooms were searched, and five suspects were detained, police said yesterday.

The other two locations were on Zhoukang Road in Pudong and Ruijin No.2 Road in Luwan District.

The confiscated goods are worth more than 43 million yuan (US$6.46 million).

The crackdown was only a small part of the city's campaign, which will last until March next year, police said.

Since Shanghai launched the citywide crackdown last month, 54 people had been detained for allegedly selling and manufacturing counterfeit trademark products, police said yesterday.

More than 180,000 fake items have been confiscated in the crackdown, and the total value of the items is estimated to be 100 million yuan, according to police.

On November 26, police raided a house on Huiwen Road in Zhabei District after residents tipped them off that it was being used as a warehouse for fake watches. Police said they found 3,490 fake watches. Three suspects were caught at scene.

Shanghai police launched the crackdown in accordance with the national campaign issued by the State Council in order to "improve intellectual property rights protection."

The crackdown will mainly focus on pirated publications, counterfeit goods and fake and inferior goods such as medicine, medical equipment, construction materials, food, tobacco and liquor.


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