Police in Jieyang, Guangdong province, recently busted a fake wine syndicate, seizing more than 700 bottles of branded wines with a market price of over 10 million yuan (US$1.603 million), Apple Daily reported Wednesday.
In addition to fake mao tai, the haul included a warehouse-full of counterfeit Louis XIII Champagne Cognac, Hennessy XO Cognac and Remy Martin VSOP Cognac.
Police said the fake wines were made inside a warehouse toilet, describing the standard of its hygiene as “highly disturbing”.
The counterfeits, produced at a cost of less 100 yuan per bottle, could fetch up to 10,000 yuan a bottle when resold to hotels and night clubs via middlemen who purveyed their wares online.
Workers in the warehouse said the fakes could be sold in Shanghai, Tianjin, Hebei province, Guizhou province, the Xinjiang autonomous region and even Hong Kong.
Jieyang police arrested 11 suspects, Xinhua reported.
Hong Kong’s Customs and Excise Department said it has not received any reports of fake wines being sold in the city, but it said it will keep an eye on the market.
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