Local media in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia’s capital city, reported that field inspectors from the Ministry of Commerce and Industry have confiscated more than 35 000 counterfeit ink cartridges in raids on different areas of the city.
The team led a raid on a group of foreign workers who used an old house in the capital’s Murabba district to repack and distribute the counterfeit printer ink in order to market it to customers as genuine products, including counterfeit HP ink cartridges and Canon ink cartridges.
The authorities seized more than 5 000 counterfeit printer cartridges as well as over 4 000 ink cartridges waiting to be refilled and 8 000 labels with HP trademarks and logos on them.
At the same time, the Ministry’s field inspectors raided a villa in the Officers' district and two other houses in the Atiqa district which were used to store and refill counterfeit ink cartridges. More than 25 000 counterfeit HP and Canon branded ink cartridges were seized.
Earlier, the Ministry’s team launched an inspection campaign targeting houses and two apartments in the Shimaisi and Malaz districts, where they seized more than 15 000 counterfeit printer cartridges.
In a statement, the Ministry of Commerce and Industry said that it would not tolerate violators and those involved in counterfeiting and fraud that put the health and safety of consumers at risk.
All the suspects involved in the counterfeiting operations are being held pending an investigation into their operations.