30 March 2023
JMPD OFFICERS UNCOVER A MULTI-MILLION RAND COUNTERFEIT GOODS OPERATION IN EIKENHOF
Two male suspects aged between 54 and 55 were arrested by the Johannesburg Metropolitan Police Department (JMPD) K9 Unit for Contravention of the Customs and Excise Act, Contravention of the Counterfeit Goods Act, and Bribery in Eikenhof, south of Johannesburg.
On Wednesday morning, 29 March 2023, while conducting crime prevention patrols, officers stopped a white Toyota Quantum Panel Van along Swartkoppies Road and R82 (Vereeniging Road) in Kibler Park. Upon searching the vehicle, the officers discovered clothing items (headwear) suspected to be counterfeit.
The driver was requested to produce receipts for the items in his possession, but he failed to do so. He was questioned by the officers on how he acquired the items, and he led them to a plot in Eikenhof.
Upon arrival at the plot, additional suspected counterfeit goods, which included branded caps, hats and beanies were recovered. Three embroidery machines were also recovered on the premises.
The alleged owner of the premises was summoned and upon arrival at the site, he alluded that he was renting the plot and overseeing the activities being conducted on the premises.
SAPS, Customs from SARS and Brand Protectors were called to verify the items and to process the scene.
The alleged kingpin attempted to bribe the officers with R30 000 after being apprehended to get himself and his accomplice released.
The duo, a Chinese and Zimbabwean national who both have South African citizenship were arrested and detained at Mondeor SAPS. The counterfeit goods and the embroidery machines with a combined estimated value of R 3 075 000 were seized.
Issued by the Johannesburg Metropolitan Police Department Communications Unit.
Spokesperson: Johannesburg Metropolitan Police Department