Over 1,200 boxes of counterfeit cosmetic products and commodities labeled as high-end brands were seized by police.[Photo:cztv.com ]
Fifteen suspects have been arrested in east China's Zhejiang Province for producing and selling fake and substandard cosmetics, Zhejiang Police said Wednesday.
Police in Taizhou City dismantled seven underground dens during a raid earlier this month and seized over 1,200 boxes of counterfeit cosmetic products and commodities labeled as high-end brands such as Chanel, Lancome, Dior and Estee Lauder.
The goods had a street value of over 827 million yuan (120 million U.S. dollars) at market prices.
A total of 15 suspects were detained, of which 13 have been charged by procurators.
The place where counterfeit cosmetic products were manufactured.[Photo: cztv.com]
The case surfaced in February last year after a complaint about an Amway-branded toothpaste bought online that was found to be fake.
Investigation into the online store shone a light on a chain that manufacture and distribute counterfeit top brand cosmetics in Henan, Heilongjiang, Guangdong and Zhejiang provinces.