Police in central China’s Hunan Province have detained 44 people in connection to a fake cigarette case worth more than 400 million yuan (58 million U.S. dollars).

Of all the suspects, 22 have already been officially arrested, according to the public security bureau of Yuanling County. In 2017, police caught one of the suspects, Huang, who sold fake cigarettes on messaging app WeChat, and later clamped down on the gang behind Huang. The gang was involved in making and selling fake cigarettes, according to a press conference held Monday by the Hunan Provincial Public Security Department.


Since March 2017, police have confiscated more than 300 million fake cigarettes in the case, from which the suspects reaped a profit of more than 28 million yuan. Enditem


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