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$257m fake luxury goods destined for Dubai seized

More than 28,000 counterfeit items are reportedly seized by police in China and the UAE

$257m fake luxury goods destined for Dubai seized
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More than 28,000 fake luxury items worth $257 million and destined for sale in Dubai have reportedly been seized by police from China and the UAE.

Fifty-seven suspects were arrested, 37 of them in China, while UAE police also raided 10 locations in Dubai and seized 21,000 fake luxury items, the Xinhua News Agency reported.

Police reportedly found more than 7,000 counterfeit luxury handbags, such as Louis Vuitton and Chanel, saying the clothes were manufactured at a private factory in South China‘s Guangdong Province.

Certificates, invoices, receipts, and gift wrapping were produced in the factory, which even made its own limited edition counterfeits, Xinhua said.

“The workers were paid in cash, and each had their own task to complete,” Dai Li, a police officer at the Shanghai public security bureau, was quoted as saying by Xinhua. 

In July, China launched an operation against counterfeiters and 6,197 suspects have been arrested over the past few months.

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