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Property owners to be targetted as fake goods raids hit Patong, Central

Property owners to be targetted as fake goods raids hit Patong, Central

PHUKET: The Deputy Director of the Phuket branch of the Internal Security Operations Command (Isoc), which serves as the political arm of the Thai military, has warned that property owners who repeatedly allow vendors to sell fake copyright goods on their premises will face legal action.

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By Eakkapop Thongtub

Friday 14 December 2018, 10:20AM


The news follows a team of officers led by the Phuket Isoc branch conducting raids on fake goods vendors in key tourist areas in Patong and at Central Phuket this week.

The raids, led by Phuket Isoc Deputy Director Capt Boworn Phromgaewngam, began when the team arrived in Patong at 1pm on Wednesday (Dec 12).

The officers targeted vendors along both Thaweewong Rd and Bangla Rd.

In total, the team arrested 11 vendors and seized 468 items, mostly copy-makes of shoes, hats and shirts of popular brand-names such as Gucci, Adidas, Nike and Under Armour.

The seized goods and the suspects were handed over to the Patong Police, who were not involved in the raids, for processing.

At 2pm the team arrived at Central Phuket Festival building, where officers arrested three people operating nine stalls.

In making the arrests the officers seized 372 items, all mobile phone cases.

In total, the raids netted 14 suspects and 840 items of counterfeit goods.

Capt Boworn estimated the value of the goods seized at about B100,000.

“This is the first step against the vendors fake products in the Phuket area,” Capt Boworn told The Phuket News.

“The Department of Intellectual Property will call the owners of the properties where the goods were being sold in soon to repeat to them to not allow such vendors to operate on their properties,” he explained.

“This will be especially for owners of shops and stall sites in Patong, Kata-Karon and at the Naka Night Market (the ‘Weekend Market’ near Wat Naka, in Wichit),” Capt Boworn noted.

“If the property owners keep allowing fake goods to be sold on their properties they will face charges,” he warned.

Additional repoertnig by Tanyaluk Sakoot

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Winfield | 18 December 2018 - 20:38:56

So you do need to read the new Thailand Computer Crimes Act, cos your comments reveal you have no clue what it is even about. 

Kurt | 17 December 2018 - 17:52:33

So, is the manager of Phuket Central Festival 'falling' under any thai act to arrest/fine him for having stalls with fake goods in his shopping complex?
Many acts they have, but enforcing? TIT.  Vendors of Naka weekend market thank the law enforcers for their warning in advance that they were coming.

Kurt | 17 December 2018 - 16:58:08

@Nasa, yes, I noticed. hahaha, As long the Bangkok law enforcement teams are on Phuket the market entrepreneurs keep low profile. What for to risk all your merchandise will be confiscated?  Have a weekend holiday, and run as usual next weekend.
It is all a 'Balanced game', to keep the foreign branded good producers happy ( several times a year)

Kurt | 17 December 2018 - 16:54:53

no need to read acts, as many law enforcers seems they don't know them. Just walk out, look and see around about that in the shops and streets.

Winfield | 16 December 2018 - 00:40:53

Some people should read the new Thailand Computer Crimes Act ... before they continue to express their own opinions on this public website to bash, insult and accuse the Thai Govt, Police, & Army for everything. 

Nasa12 | 15 December 2018 - 18:08:09

The most of the shops in weekend marked are closed last day and to day WHY ?

Kurt | 15 December 2018 - 12:51:47

@Discover-Thainess: I guess because the Patong police is involved in all this illegal buisiness, otherwise it wouldn't exist. And, police can not serve 2 Masters, ..and own pockets, and boss in Bangkok. To parade that they are 'ready' is the best they can do.  :-)

Jor12 | 15 December 2018 - 12:44:22

Police are not involved, because it is not their job. They have no mandate in counterfeit matters.  

Bev0779 | 14 December 2018 - 17:07:32

Be no shop left in patong lol 

Discover Thainess | 14 December 2018 - 11:14:49

I wonder why the Patong police were not involved ......? 

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