Raid nets fake cosmetics

Raid nets fake cosmetics

Police have seized about 70 million baht worth of fake cosmetic products bearing the names of 18 brands during a raid on a house in Bangkok's Suan Luang district.

The seizure was made on March 14 but only announced yesterday at a briefing held by the Consumer Protection Police Division (CPPD) of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

Police and FDA officials, armed with a search warrant issued by the Phra Khanong criminal court, searched a rented house in Suan Luang district after an investigation revealed that it was used to store counterfeit cosmetic products.

Pol Col Thanakorn Lerdporn- charoen, deputy head of the CPPD, said the FDA had received many complaints from customers that they had purchased cosmetics of well-known brands online, only to find after using them that they were fake and substandard.

The house where the products were stored was rented by a Vietnamese national, said Pol Col Thanakorn.

He said the offenders would face charges of selling cosmetics without Thai labels, selling cosmetics that were not registered, or possessing products with fake trademarks or certification marks with intent to sell. Police believe five people were involved and that they had been conducting the business for at least six months.

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