Gang busted, counterfeit goods seized

RAS AL KHAIMAH — The authorities here recently busted a gang specialising in trading in counterfeit goods and medical products that pose serious health and safety hazards to the public.

By Sadiq A. Salam

Published: Tue 1 Aug 2006, 9:56 AM

Last updated: Sat 4 Apr 2015, 5:57 PM

Inspection teams from RAK Economic Department (RED), in cooperation with a specialised firm, confiscated a large consignment of pirated, substandard and low-priced medicines, shampoos and cosmetics during a routine inspection.

"The items were seized in eight shops located across the emirate," Faisal bin Faris, head of RED's Inspection Section, said. Some of the bogus goods were proved to be cancerous and liable to cause an array of skin infections and hair loss. The seizures also included a common brand of tablet widely used for throat infection treatment, he added.

"This was in addition to bicycles and pirated CDs and electronic games which were also confiscated," he added.

The inspectors also found that some shops had put up for sale wireless telephone systems that require special permission from the government before they can be sold. The RED officials have called upon the general public to report all such cases involving the sale of pirated, substandard, or fake and prohibited goods to the department.

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