Chinese police bust counterfeit cigarette gang
WUHAN-- Police in central China's Hubei Province have busted a gang that transported and traded counterfeit cigarettes worth 5 million yuan (746,269 U.S. dollars), authorities said Thursday.
The case surfaced in April this year as police in Hubei's Lichuan City intercepted a truck carrying 16,850 cartons of counterfeit cigarettes on a highway. The driver was arrested and further investigation revealed two brothers surnamed Guo as the masterminds of the trafficking gang.
The suspects were captured after a months-long manhunt. Investigators found evidence that the gang, led by the Guos, had succeeded in trafficking four truck-loads of counterfeit cigarettes from central Henan Province to sell in a remote area in southwestern Yunnan Province.
China is the world's largest cigarette producer and consumer market, with over 316 million adult smokers. The cigarette trade is governed by a state monopoly.[ Editor: zyq ]