China seized 1.97 billion counterfeit cigarettes nationwide in the first half of this year, the State Tobacco Monopoly Administration said Friday.
Authorities clamped down on 232 counterfeiting networks in the first six months, the administration said. Law enforcement agencies rounded up 4,110 people suspected of producing and selling counterfeit cigarettes and prosecuted 1,849 of them, it said.
Authorities solved 2,203 counterfeit cases in the period, with each case involving products valued at more than 50,000 yuan (7,767 U.S. dollars), the administration added.
The administration said the country seized 5.7 billion counterfeit cigarettes last year.