JUST IN: 4 Zimbabwean nationals arrested with 3,000 litres of fake petroleum oil in Pretoria

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Four Zimbabwean nationals arrested in Pretoria as police seize 3,000 litres of counterfeit petroleum oil

In a joint operation conducted by Gauteng police in Centurion, Pretoria, four Zimbabwean nationals were apprehended for allegedly possessing 3,000 litres of petroleum oil bearing reputable brands. The arrest took place during a meticulously planned take-down operation on Tuesday.

Lieutenant Colonel Amanda Van Wyk, the national police spokesperson, disclosed that the operation was carried out by a team comprising members from the National Counterfeit Unit, Commercial Crimes Investigations (CCI), and brand protectors. Acting on operationalized information, the team successfully obtained a search and seizure warrant before proceeding to the designated location.

During the search, law enforcement officials discovered and confiscated over 3,000 litres of petroleum oil cleverly imitating well-known brands. Among the fake products seized were imitations of renowned petroleum oil brands such as Caltex, Castrol, and Atlas Oil.

The individuals responsible for the possession of these counterfeit goods, all of whom are Zimbabwean nationals, were promptly arrested. The Department of Home Affairs will verify their residency status as part of the ongoing investigation.

According to Van Wyk, the suspects are expected to face charges of contravening the Counterfeit Goods Act 37 of 1997. They will appear in a magistrate’s court to answer for their alleged involvement in the illicit trade of counterfeit petroleum oil.

Counterfeiting poses a significant threat to both consumers and legitimate businesses. The sale and distribution of counterfeit products not only deceive unsuspecting buyers but can also have detrimental effects on the economy. By collaborating with various law enforcement agencies and brand protectors, the police are working diligently to combat counterfeiting and ensure public safety.

This operation serves as a reminder of the ongoing efforts to identify and apprehend those involved in the production and sale of counterfeit goods. The authorities remain vigilant in their pursuit of individuals who engage in these illegal activities, protecting the interests of both consumers and legitimate brand owners.

As the investigation progresses, law enforcement agencies will continue to monitor and crack down on counterfeit operations, safeguarding the integrity of reputable brands and preserving the trust of consumers.

The successful operation in Centurion sends a strong message that counterfeiting will not be tolerated, and those responsible will be held accountable. Through collaborative efforts and strategic interventions, authorities aim to curb the production and distribution of counterfeit goods, ensuring a safer marketplace for all.

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