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Crackdown on counterfeit products nets more than 100 suspects

MORE than 100 suspects have been detained for allegedly selling and manufacturing counterfeit luxury products in a series of crackdowns over the last three months, Shanghai police said today.

More than 210,000 fake products were confiscated from 29 manufacturing workshops and 55 storehouses. The products were worth an estimated 196 million yuan (US$29.5 million), according to police.

A total of 108 suspects have been detained in the cases, which in some instances involve accomplices in other parts of the country.

In a recent case, police raided a factory in Sichuan Province and another in Guangdong Province for manufacturing fake Louis Vuitton and Gucci handbags.

Police said they started investigating a clothing market on Qipu Road, a famous place in Shanghai for cheap clothes, and found that most of the fake branded handbags and purses were wholesaled by two people, one identified as Jiang and the other as Li. Officers discovered the fake goods originated at the factories in Sichuan and Guangdong.

This month, Shanghai police raided Jiang and Li's storehouses in Shanghai and officers said they found about 20,000 counterfeit Louis Vuitton and Gucci wallets.

Meanwhile, police in Sichuan and Guangdong raided the two factories and confiscated more than 2,000 kilograms of partly finished fake wallets, officers said.

A suspect surnamed Jiang, who was in charge of the factories, was nabbed in Guangdong. Police did not say if he was related to the Jiang in Shanghai.

All three suspects have been detained as police continue their investigation, officers said.


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