POLICE swooped down on a warehouse in Amnart Charoen province and seized as many as 20,000 to 30,000 counterfeit luxury handbags, INN News reported this morning (July 22, 2020).
Pol. Lt. Col. Payao Thongsen, director of the Intellectual Property Litigation Division, together with Amnart Charoen police had got a search warrant from the Central Intellectual Property and International Trade Court to search the dubious warehouse in Mueang district.
This warehouse was where designer handbags were stored and sold via Facebook to the general public. They were of various different international brands including Louis Vuitton, Gucci and Coach.
The total sum of the damage that would have been incurred had they all been sold is 20 to 30 million baht.
Police arrested Mr. Chanada Unthong, the owner of the counterfeit handbags and the warehouse, and charged him with selling, offering to sell or keeping to sell products carrying fake trademarks and logos. He confessed to these charges.
That the police are getting tough with counterfeit traders is because the US Trade Representative (USTR) has placed Thailand on the list of watched countries.
Raids are being mounted in both Bangkok and the provinces especially areas that require special surveillance (red areas).
The huge collection of fake luxury handbags seized by police in Amnart Charoen province. Photos: INN News