October 1st, 2010
10:08 AM ET

600 arrested in South America during counterfeit raids

A bus filled with counterfeit goods was confiscated in Brazil.

Police across South America have arrested more than 600 people and confiscated goods worth more than $50 million as part of a six-month effort to crack down on trade in counterfeit products, the international police organization Interpol said Friday.

The arrests come from more than 300 raids in 13 countries and the counterfeit goods ranged from soft drinks to car parts, the agency said.

Also seized were counterfeit toys that posed a health hazard to children, Interpol said.

“INTERPOL will continue to work with all of our member countries to target and dismantle the organized crime gangs behind counterfeits and fakes which not only pose a significant threat to the health and safety of consumers, but also effects national economies which during these times of global financial crisis can have even more serious consequences,” said Roberto Manriquez, project manager for Operation Jupiter, which was launched in 2005 by Interpol’s Intellectual Property Rights program. This was the fifth series of raids conducted under Operation Jupiter.

Fake alcohol was confiscated in Ecuador.

“This on going project once again proved the effectiveness of law enforcement cooperation in combating transnational crime,” said Allen Bruford, deputy director of compliance and facilitation for the World Customs Organization, which assisted in the operation.

In addition to seizing the counterfeit goods, Interpol said police and customs officials were able to identify and shut down workshops across the region where the fakes were made.

Countries included in this year’s raids were Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, France (French Guyana), Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Suriname, Uruguay and Venezuela.

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  1. geez

    sure, pick on south america.

    October 1, 2010 at 9:31 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  2. what

    What a waste of taxpayers dollars,poor countries cannot afford the real stuff and they need jobs.designers makes billions off the rich.rich companies control intrepol and us gov.let fake come here and be made

    October 2, 2010 at 9:13 am | Report abuse | Reply
  3. fredo

    Why do you all celebrate this as if you were the ones getting robbed? these toy makers, if they could they would sell you morons lead painted toys so your kids could play and they make a buck. Go see if macdonalds give a flying crap about their workers insurance or if walmart doesn't run a slavery ring before you defend these companies so much. They convinced you to be obeying slaves.

    October 2, 2010 at 9:22 am | Report abuse | Reply
  4. Just asking

    And your solution to the problems you identify... ???

    October 2, 2010 at 12:34 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  5. ChipH

    So let's see, Globalist Corporations pay 1c for suicide sweat shops in China to manufacture and brand their schlock for the Corporates, then when the slaves sell some schlock out the back door to feed their families, Corporate calls up the police that WE TAXPAYERS PAY FOR, to go out and roust the slaves so we have to pay $120 for a $5 cost pair of Nike shoes? Yeah, that sounds fair...

    October 2, 2010 at 10:41 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  6. Russ D.

    And we're not?

    October 1, 2010 at 1:05 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  7. Girl from Ipanema

    And North America isn't a land of corruption? Just take a look at Mexico. Take a look at the Fed and the Social Security pyramid scheme. Take a look at what the US did in Latin and South America. Your ignorant, selfish/self-serving/self-righteous, and racist views speak volumes to the character of North Americans.

    October 1, 2010 at 1:43 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  8. Jones Foyer

    My friend from Argentina told me how you had to bribe even the DMV to get a driver's license. A large portion of the goverment works on bribes. It is part of the culture, yes. And no, we aren't perfect up here in the United States, but it definitely isn't as corrupt as South America- and that has NOTHING to do with racism, so quit trying to use that card people.

    October 1, 2010 at 1:53 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  9. Harvey

    Agreed. South America is a blight on the western hemisphere.
    We should have "absorbed" it long ago.
    American Imperialism lives on. It's not too late. Don't worry Canada. We like you.

    October 1, 2010 at 2:56 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  10. michael

    5 raids in 5 years (where do I get a job like that?)Follow the Money 100billion a year is worth a misinformation campaign threats and murder to some. Most legitimate Factories have been shipped to China as the Latin American Mexican elite ship their jobs to places that they don’t need to pay the high wage of 7dollars a day, thus the pressure climbs and the forecast for any kind of real job falls. NarcoMex (mexico) is a gunocrocy not a democratic republic and 1/3 of the population has left.... (if this were Sudan it would be called ethnic cleansing.) Yet people still want to support the human flesh, blackmarket counterfeit, drug, anything that can be leveraged (anything that is against the law) NarcoMex market and some even want to create another little NarcoMex north. 5 in 5 I am sure the 100billion each year NarcoMex makes between your raids/kabuki theater is makeing someone happy.

    October 1, 2010 at 3:01 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  11. Chag

    What A Morron!!!

    October 1, 2010 at 4:26 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  12. fredo

    your entire country is sustained by corruption..... why do you think you have the current standard of living here in the US? is simply because you buy cheap things from China that produces them for you using slaves or you buy cheap things from Mexico also produced by slavery rings. Let me guess, you thought it was because you work so hard? ..... go to a factory in latin america and you will see for the first time in your life "hard work" ...12 hours a day for 2 miserable $ on which you can barely survive keeping you in slavery for many years to come. Your whole country was created by slaves and sustained by them and not to mention that all the land the US has was stolen from the native americans.

    October 2, 2010 at 9:28 am | Report abuse | Reply
  13. sonny

    Cry me a river. Then run along and slit your wrists.

    October 2, 2010 at 1:46 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  14. ChipH

    USA Mil.Gov has thrown 46,000,000 Americans under the bus, who are jobless, homeless, part-time or on-call with no benefits and no healthcare, over 3,000,000 getting evicted out of their homes by banks who refused to renegotiate terms, when the banks received $700,000,000,000 in bailouts from the same taxpayers they laid off, fired and evicted. Sweet! There are 854,000 'intelligence' operatives in 1,270 'intelligence' hives in the Ring of Death surrounding the Pentagon, that's 100,000 more operatives than the TOTAL OF ALL POLICE AND SHERIFFS ACROSS THE USA, but we are not allowed to ask what those 854,000 'intelligence' operatives are doing disappearing $255 BILLION a year of our last remaining life savings, and now Congress gave 'Defense' a +$95 BILLION RAISE, more than TWICE what the Feds spend for the TOTAL OF ALL US EDUCATION, just for 'Defense's RAISE, nevermind the other $838 BILLION A YEAR!!

    October 2, 2010 at 10:59 pm | Report abuse | Reply
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