The Abu Dhabi Police have seized a wide range of 30,000 counterfeit designer goods hidden in residential apartments, including clothes and accessories such as handbags, wallets, watches, belts, shawls, ties, hats, shoes, sunglasses, perfumes and jewellery, a press release copied to ghanabusinessnews.com by the Middle East Newswire has said.
The goods were reported to have been discovered hidden in three apartments in one building, during a joint raid by Abu Dhabi’s Criminal Investigation Department and the Department of Economic Development.
According to Abu Dhabi’s Head of CID, Colonel Dr. Rashid Mohammad Borshid, one of the apartments had been altered with secret doors and passageways leading to hidden rooms to store the counterfeit designer goods.
According to the release, three Bangladeshi men were arrested and interrogated in connection with the apartments.
The three suspects were said to be working separately, in legitimate shops at the location of the apartments.
The Head of CID at Abu Dhabi Police was said to have warned consumers against making purchases from unsafe sources, pointing to the security risks associated with shopping at undesignated places, he said it would mean losing certain consumer rights in case a receipt or guarantee is not provided with the purchased item.
By Emmanuel Odonkor