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Interpol Raids in South America Net Fake Goods Worth $27 Million

Thursday, 15 May 2014 11:36 AM

An Interpol-led operation across South America has led to the seizure of counterfeit goods worth $27.4 million, the organization said Thursday.

Police and customs officers from 10 countries took part in the drive targeting crime networks behind the production and distribution of counterfeit goods and illicit trade throughout the region and beyond, a statement said.

The two-week campaign in early April saw 600 raids in the region and led to nearly 800 people being placed under investigation.

It led to the closure of an illegal workshop in Paraguay which produced counterfeit clothes, toys and shoes worth an estimated $8 million and an illegal warehouse in Bolivia which repackaged and distributed out-of-date wheat, flour and rice.

It said fuel-smuggling was a growing trend. Raids were conducted on the Ecuador-Peru border and seizures made in Brazil, Colombia and Uruguay.

Apart from recovering 20,000 liters of fuel, police also seized equipment to siphon fuel from trucks as well as vehicles that had been altered for smuggling.

Large quantities of alcoholic drinks, including 1,000 liters of whiskey in one raid alone, and tobacco were also recovered, with 2.8 million packets of cigarettes worth an estimated $4.7 million seized.

Among some 3.1 million items seized throughout the operation were fake television satellite encoders, watches, car parts, food and counterfeit 2014 World Cup memorabilia in addition to genuine arms and ammunition.

Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay and Venezuela took part in the operation.

© AFP 2017

 
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