Thai police announce major counterfeit Covid-19 test kits bust, worth more than 2 million baht in value

Bangkok –

The Consumer Protection Police Division (CPPD) on Thursday, August 11th, announced the major bust of counterfeit ATK test kits at warehouses in Nonthaburi and Nakhon Pathom, reportedly worth more than 2 million baht in value.

Police Lieutenant General Jirapob Phuridet of the Royal Thai Police told the Associated Press that the Royal Thai Police and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) had jointly conducted an investigation following complaints that a group of alleged scammers had manufactured and distributed fake ATK test kits of the FDA-approved brand.

The first raid was conducted at a commercial building in the Bang Len district of Nakhon Pathom province, where the fake test kits were reportedly being produced. There, an alleged owner, who was only identified as Anusara, presented herself to the police while the staff was seen packing several types of testing equipment.

The second arrest was placed at a house in the Mueang district of Nonthaburi province where the fake test kits were reportedly stored before the distribution. A Thai female national, who was only known as Patchayaporn, presented herself, claiming to be the owner of the house and the product. The police confiscated about ten thousand of the fake test kits as well as other medical products and Chinese herbs found at the scene.

According to the initial investigation, the fake ATK test kits were reportedly sold through the alleged owners’ Facebook page and other online channels since April at a price of 40-45 baht per set, which is considered cheaper than the market. It was expected that there were not more than 4 suspects who may be involved in the scam. The expanding investigation is ongoing.

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National News Writer at The Pattaya News from September 2020 to October, 2022. Born and raised in Bangkok, Nop enjoys telling stories of her hometown through her words and pictures. Her educational experience in the United States and her passion for journalism have shaped her genuine interests in society, politics, education, culture, and art.