Having seized 33 cloned luxury cars between 2015 and last year, police say they have made a big dent in a car cloning syndicate’s operation, Bernama reports. The vehicles – which includes BMW, Mercedes-Benz and MINI models – were seized in an operation called Ops Lejang Khas.

According to Dang Wangi police chief ACP Mohd Sukri Kaman, the owners of the cloned vehicles, said to be worth about RM3 million in total, were detained to facilitate investigations. Initial investigations revealed that the buyers, who were aged between 25 and 40, were taken in by the cheaper price of the cloned high-end vehicles.

He added that efforts were underway to track down syndicate members responsible for the sale of cloned vehicles to the public. “The syndicate goes all out to advertise cloned vehicles on the internet, as well as through the social web,” he said.

The syndicate is believed to have smuggled scrapped and cloned vehicles from Singapore, Mohd Sukri said. “We believe that some of the seized vehicles still possessed legitimate registration numbers and road tax,” he added.