Chinese authorities have arrested hundreds of people accused of manufacturing and selling fake pharmaceuticals in the country’s Zhejiang province.
According to a report on China’s Xinhua news agency officers from the Jinhuia Public Security Department apprehended 263 people in a raid that took place on May 25.
The report goes on to say that the authorities seized counterfeit medicines, manufacturing equipment, computers and vehicles with a street value of 20m yuan ($3m).
The swoop is part of Ministry of Public Security co-ordinated crack down on the illegal production and sale of fake medicines.
If convicted those arrested may face long prison terms following the recent amendment to China’s laws on counterfeiting which removed the maximum three-year term that had been in place for such offences.