Police seize $1.5 billion in counterfeit goods in 12 months
Deputy Commander of the Counter-Terrorism and Organised Crime Division (C-TOC) , Senior Superintendent Clifford Chambers is reporting that the unit has recovered $1.5 billion worth of counterfeit items in the past 12 months.
SSP Chambers told reporters at a press conference today that over the period, the police recovered six million compact discs (CDs) and digital video discs (DVDs), 33,000 pairs of counterfeit footwear, over 25,000 pieces of counterfeit apparel and other items.
According to SSP Chambers, the police had conducted 32 major operations islandwide which resulted in the arrests of 25 people for serious intellectual property rights breaches while another 112 persons were interviewed.
He says 12 persons have been convicted by the courts.
The C-TOC head says the police will continue to be strident in the fight against bogus merchandise.
After the press conference, the police destroyed the counterfeit items with SSP Chambers saying the move is to send a message to persons involved in the trade.
Today’s media briefing was part of activities by stakeholder groups for intellectual property week.