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News: Massive bust closes down alleged counterfeit factory worth millions

Media Statement from North West Media Centre
Corporate Communication and Liaison
South African Police Service

A counterfeit factory worth approximately R77 million has been closed down by the SAPS in Hartswater and six suspects were nabbed during the sting operation. On Tuesday, SAPS Hartswater K9 Unit followed up on leads regarding the manufacturing, packaging and distribution of alleged household counterfeit goods.

Police found goods of well-known branded spices, baking powder, instant yeast, sanitary towels, shoe polish and other counterfeit items. Police also confiscated the machinery used for the alleged manufacturing and packaging of the goods.

Brand protectors and other experts collected goods for storage at the state warehouse in Pretoria where sample testing will be done. Six suspects were arrested at three different residential premises' in the Hartswater CBD, where the goods were stored, manufactured and distributed from.

The five males and one female should be appearing in the Hartswater Magistrates Court on charges of possession, manufacturing and distribution of counterfeit goods, soon. The Acting Frances Baard Cluster Commander, Brig Tip Brink commended the Hartswater K9 Unit for job well done and thanked the community for assistance in this regard. The investigation continues.                                                


Enquiries:  Brigadier SB Mokgwabone
Tel: 018 299 7032
Fax: 018 299 7109
Cell: 082 496 9642





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