China detains 483 in three-day fake booze crackdown

09:30, April 13, 2011      

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Chinese police seized 483 suspects and confiscated nearly 140,000 bottles of bogus alcoholic drinks in a three-day crackdown, an official from the Ministry of Public Security said Tuesday.

Police in 14 provincial-level areas, including Beijing, Jiangsu, Zhejiang and Guizhou, cracked 40 cases involving the production and selling of bogus alcohol, said Gao Feng, deputy director of the ministry's Economic Crime Investigation Department, at a press conference.

The campaign was launched in light of "the grave situation of fake alcohol-related crimes and the severe harm brought about by these cases," Gao said.

During the crackdown from March 23 to 25 this year, police raided 272 production and sales outlets nationwide and found more than 300 devices used for counterfeiting as well as over 13.5 million pieces of forged packaging materials, such as bottle caps, labels and boxes of well-known brands.

Source: Xinhua
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