Fake perfume with an estimated black-market value of more than Dh50 million has been seized in Ras Al Khaimah following a two-day joint operation championed by police, economic officials and counterfeit experts from the Legal Group.
The team intercepted 15 vehicles loaded with fake versions of brands including Chanel, Gucci and Estee Lauder.
The Director of the Legal Group hired by the luxury brands, Hatem Abdulghani reportedly said that the perfumes were prepared for sale across the region.
Hatem reportedly said that big traders around the region usually buy these fake perfumes in bulk and take them out to their countries to sell in their showrooms.
Following the raid, 200 thousand pieces were recovered and each are likely to be sold for between Dh350-400.
Hatem added that the authorities have arrested the owner of the farm where the vehicles were parked.
According to the police, TLG’s intellectual property division notified RAK Police about the remote farm after they received a tip off about the counterfeit goods. Police monitored the farm and, after confirming it stored fake goods, carried out a raid on November 7.
Enforcement officers uncovered three 12-metre shipping containers loaded with fake perfumes. Boxes of perfumes had already been loaded onto smaller trucks ready for distribution.