Over 100,000 fake medical gloves seized

Over 100,000 fake medical gloves seized

Officials inspect piles of fake medical gloves during a raid at a rented luxury house in Wang Thonglang district, Bangkok, on Wednesday. (Photo supplied)
Officials inspect piles of fake medical gloves during a raid at a rented luxury house in Wang Thonglang district, Bangkok, on Wednesday. (Photo supplied)

Police raided a rented house containing more than 100,000 fake medical gloves and arrested the tenant in Wang Thonglang district on Wednesday.

Pol Lt Gen Permpoon Chidchob, assistant national police chief, led officials to search the 800-square-metre house no. 193/2 on Soi Lat Phrao 126 late Wednesday afternoon and found the fake nitrile rubber gloves inside.

The compound contains a three-storey European-styled house and two one-storey buildings. Police found over 100,000 blue-dyed rubber gloves in sacks, along with dye containers and washing machines. The tenant was identified as Athip Chumpol, 25.

Pol Lt Gen Permpoon said ordinary white rubber gloves were cleaned and dyed blue to make them look like expensive nitrile rubber gloves. Police were to find out if the gloves had previously been used.

The assistant police chief quoted the suspect as saying that the seized gloves were not for sale but were dyed for a tentative business project.

Supatra Boonserm, deputy secretary-general of the Food and Drug Administration, said at the scene that the gloves were considered to be fake medical supplies. She advised buyers to order medical gloves only from reliable sources.

Detectives said Mr Athip had rented the house from former singer Suttida "Nook" Kasemsant Na Ayutthaya for 80,000 baht per month since August last year.

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