Counterfeit king nabbed in Johannebsurg

2013-02-02 17:00

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Johannesburg - An alleged kingpin operating in counterfeit goods in the West Rand was arrested in Westonaria on Saturday morning, Gauteng police said.

"Police arrested 15 suspects and recovered goods with a street value of R10m in the early hours of Saturday morning," spokesperson Captain Julia Claassen said.

She said the arrest followed a crime intelligence operation by the police in the Bekkersdal informal settlement.

"Seven properties were searched and police recovered illicit cigarettes and a range of counterfeit goods ranging from designer clothes, bags and sunglasses. Police also seized cash to the value of over R160 000."

The man, aged 34, and his 24-year-old wife were amongst those arrested and were charged under the tobacco controls act and the Counterfeit Goods Act.

Thirteen other men were arrested and charged under the illegal immigrants act.

All 15 are expected to appear in court soon, said Claassen.

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