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 |
  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 |
  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 |
  4. Just asking

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

    October 2, 2010 at 12:34 pm | Report abuse |
  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 |
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