x Abu Dhabi, UAETuesday 25 July 2017

Raid yields 65,000 fake car parts

Dubai Police has confiscated millions of dirhams' worth of fake car spare parts and made two arrests in raids at the Al Qusais industrial area.

Dubai // Dubai Police has confiscated millions of dirhams' worth of fake car spare parts and made two arrests in raids at the Al Qusais industrial area. The 65,000 parts had a street value of about Dh25million (US$6.8mn), police said. Two men were arrested in connection with the case and charged with marketing the counterfeit parts, which were made to fit Hyundai vehicles, as well as other international car brands.

Police said the raids took place last month but declined to give the exact date. Major Salah Osaiba, the head of the financial crime department, said: "An investigation team was set up following intelligence information on a company which was selling counterfeit cars spare parts and soon after they were able to verify the information and plan the raids." The first raid, which was on the premises of the suspected company, resulted in the confiscation of more than 21,000 products and the arrest of the first suspect, AS, a man from an unspecified Asian country.

Maj Osaiba said police were soon able to identify the warehouse where the "bulk of the products" were stored. They confiscated more than 45,000 spare parts and arrested a second suspect, SB, also from an Asian country. The case has been referred to the public prosecution. @Email:wissa@thenational.ae