Members of Hartswater K9 Unit with some of the alleged counterfeit goods and suspects. Photo: Supplied by SA Police Service.
HARTSWATER - Police in the Northern Cape on Wednesday said a counterfeit factory worth around R77 million was closed down following a sting operation.

According to a statement, the K9 unit were following up on leads regarding the manufacturing, packaging and distribution of household foods and other goods.

"Police found goods of well known branded spices, baking powder, instant yeast, sanitary towels, shoe polish and other counterfeit items. Police also confiscated the machinery used for the alleged manufacturing and packaging of the goods," the statement said.

"Brand protectors and other experts collected goods for storage at the state warehouse in Pretoria where sample testing will be done."

Some of the items found at the factory. Photo: Supplied by SA Police Service.
Officers arrested five men and a women at various houses in the area in connection with the illicit activities at the factory.
Some of the items found at the factory. Photo: Supplied by SA Police Service.
African News Agency (ANA)