Officers with the Interior Ministry’s Anti-Economic Crime Department raided a house stocking fake cosmetic products in Russey Keo district’s Tuol Sangke commune on Monday, seizing more than four tonnes of merchandise.
The raid, led by the department’s director Lieutenant General Chan Vanthoeun, also involved Camcontrol officers and local authorities.
Lt Gen Vanthoeun said officers found many fake products at the house, which was stocking, packing and also producing the merchandise.
“Police found creams, lipsticks and shampoo,” he said. “In total, we seized 4.5 tonnes and most of them are fake products.”
Police also detained the owner, Ouch Sambath, 33, for questioning, he added.
On Monday, officials also raided a house packing counterfeit seasoning products in Phnom Penh’s Russey Keo district and seized 17 tonnes of merchandise.
And on Sunday, anti-economic crime police raided a warehouse storing illegally produced cosmetics and detained its Chinese owner after seizing about five tonnes of products in Por Senchey district.
From January to August, the Interior Ministry’s counter-counterfeit committee has seized about 200 tonnes of fake products. Officials have sized cosmetics, medicine and beverages.
Meach Sophanna, the committee chairman, said that officials have been properly trained on how to spot fakes.
“The officers know how to identify fake products, how to investigate cases, and prevent distribution to help protect consumers,” he said.