Counterfeit leather goods seized in raid

CUSTOMS officers believe they have smashed a distribution centre of counterfeit goods following the seizure of a large quantity of leather goods bearing famous trademarks yesterday.

A 26-year-old man was arrested after officers from the Customs Intellectual Property Investigation Bureau seized 4,000 items of counterfeit leather goods, valued at about $1.2 million.

A senior customs officer said yesterday the arrested man was later released on $50,000 bail pending further investigations.

Customs officers intercepted a man as he removed goods from a flat in Cheung Ning Street, To Kwa Wan.

Seized boxes were found to contain 400 items of leather goods believed to be counterfeits. He was taken to the flat where officers seized a further 3,600 items including handbags, wallets and key holders.

It is believed the goods were intended for hawkers and underground retailers.