China seizes 1.97 bn fake cigarettes in 2011

July 29th, 2011 - 6:23 pm ICT by IANS  

Beijing, July 29 (IANS) China seized 1.97 billion counterfeit cigarettes nationwide in the first half of this year, authorities said.

Authorities clamped down on 232 counterfeiting networks in the first six months, the State Tobacco Monopoly Administration said Friday.

Law enforcement agencies rounded up 4,110 people suspected of producing and selling counterfeit cigarettes and prosecuted 1,849 of them, Xinhua reported.

The authorities solved 2,203 counterfeit cases in the period, each case involving products valued at more than 50,000 yuan ($7,767).

The administration said they seized 5.7 billion counterfeit cigarettes last year.

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