Guardia Civil seized counterfeit goods

Guardia Civil seizure of counterfeit goods Credit: Guardia Civil

The Guardia Civil has seized 58,000 counterfeit items valued at €22million in the Canary Islands.

A six-month operation

This significant operation targeted crimes against industrial property across 80 businesses in the Canary Islands, specifically in Tenerife, La Palma, La Gomera, and El Hierro.

The operation, initiated in January, involved extensive surveillance of various commercial establishments across these islands.

Guardia Civil officers identified an extensive sale of counterfeit products and launched a coordinated inspection to prevent merchants from being alerted about the imminent raids.

In the initial operation, agents discovered 24,500 counterfeit items, inspected businesses, and identified 39 individuals. In a subsequent operation targeting high-end brands, agents seized over 33,500 counterfeit items valued at nearly €16 million in today’s market.

They also investigated 45 individuals and inspected a total of 39 premises, predominantly bazaars, along with four cargo vans used for selling counterfeit goods including clothing, bags, wallets, belts, footwear, sunglasses, perfumes, toys, and other children’s items.

Collaborative effort

A judicial expert in trademarks assisted during the inspections, confirming the authenticity or otherwise of the counterfeit products. This operation marks the second major crackdown on industrial property violations by the Civil Guard in less than a year, reflecting their ongoing commitment to combating this illegal market.

Counterfeits and piracy significantly threaten local economic growth and user safety, so the Guardia Civil’s recent operation highlights their serious commitment to fighting these crimes.

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Talyta Franca

Talyta Franca, Class 2026, Northwestern University in Qatar.

Comments


    • Ordinary Joe

      21 June 2024 • 18:23

      Interesting.

      58,000 items at a value of 22 million.

      Isn’t that an Average of €379 each?

      You wouldn’t find those on a Lookey-Lookey Blanket.
      Why, they would give the Lot and that Blanket for €379!!

      Joe

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