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. Denise

    Good job for The police.

    October 1, 2010 at 11:50 am | Report abuse |
    • Texas Pete

      Now if only they could do something about the 600,000 counterfeiters in China

      October 1, 2010 at 12:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ed

      I don't know. Part of the fun in going to Mexico was coming home with a "Louis Viton" bag, or a "Guci" or "Rollex" watch. I don't know if they purposely misspelled the brand names, but for $25 you could get a really nice looking fake watch that had the correct time twice a day.

      October 1, 2010 at 12:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • Brian

      I was really hoping that this was about the high-ups at the Federal Reserve that we allow to counterfeit our fiat dollar for their own agenda. Guess we'll continue to let the biggest counterfeiters by far continue under the protection of unConstiotutional law.

      October 1, 2010 at 1:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • DownTownBrown

      Mexico? Whatever....every time I visit NYC I pick up a Franck Muller watch for around 25 bucks. New York has the best counterfeits, and everyone simply lets it slide. Awesome.

      October 1, 2010 at 1:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dave

      @knockoffsFoff
      If I cant afford to buy the real thing, then why does buying a knockoff hurt you? I would have never bought the real thing in the first place, thus you aren't losing any money.

      October 1, 2010 at 2:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Draeggo

      knockoffsFoff – from that brilliant reply it seems YOU are the reason you lost your job but go ahead and blame someone else instead of looking in the mirror.

      October 1, 2010 at 2:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Harvey

      What about the 3 million counterfeit Americans in our country???

      October 1, 2010 at 2:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • ROB

      Why don't they report on the suspected links between counterfeit/knock-off designer good and terrorism? Do some research people – if you go to purse parties or buy knock-offs, you remember to take your share of the responsibility the next time we have a 9/11, Ok? WE are the ones helping fund terrorism against our own country and people! So the next time a terrorist attack kills your friend, neighbor or family member, look in the mirror and know you likely helped fund the attack. The war against counterfeits isn't just about who wants the look of a Rolex for cheap or which fashion house is losing money on their own trademarked goods – those of course are important to those people, but to you and me, the everyday average person, the war against counterfeits truly can mean life or death. WHY DO PEOPLE NOT TAKE THIS SERIOUSLY?!?!?

      October 1, 2010 at 3:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Brian

      Does fake alcohol get you twice as drunk? And do you need to be 21 to buy it?

      October 1, 2010 at 3:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • kanon

      @knockoffsFoff

      You've earned yourself a great big double facepalm.

      October 1, 2010 at 6:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Big_Games

      I'm making this post via my knock-off iPhone. Yeeeeeeeee!

      October 6, 2010 at 3:34 am | Report abuse |
  2. common sense

    what about the biggest counterfeiter of them all, the private Federal Reserve?

    October 1, 2010 at 12:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jesterjim

      The World Bank and the FR are total Counterfiet shops. Here,.. here's 100 bucks now pay me back 110 for loaning you the 100.00.

      SCAM, FRAUD, CORRUPTION. Monetary slavery.

      October 1, 2010 at 12:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Brian

      Exactly! They print our fiat dollar out of thin air for their own gain and they aren't even required to tell the Congress of US citizens how much they print each year. Unbelievable.

      PEOPLE RESEARCH THE FEDERAL RESERVE!!!!

      October 1, 2010 at 1:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • MedicalStudent

      I have studied the fed extensively, I was an economics major in college. And they are not some scary conspiracy to profit off of people and run the country into the ground controlling the money supply.

      They are an essential part to why our economy works. Without them we would have ended up in a depression long ago. If you don't understand that then YOU haven't researched the federal reserve. Why is it that PhD's and grad students, business majors, economics majors, we all understand it

      but redneck billy bob joe doesn't so they must be some evil scam

      you are sad and hopeless. EDUCATE YOURSELF.

      October 1, 2010 at 1:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jesterjim

      @medical student.

      I think your name says it all – 'Student'. I don't recall announcing I was a redneck. Thanks for the personal attacks regading my happiness and ability to have my own opinion after researching these poiints myself. The fact you recognize that only big business types that RELY on monetary slavery like this idea says you suppurt keeping us all as debt slaves. You, medical student, are a tool. 🙂

      October 1, 2010 at 2:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mitch

      @Jesterjim,
      Medicalstudent is correct. He said he was an econ major when in college. He's a MEDICAL STUDENT now. You read his name in the first line and just assume the rest. There is a lot more to it than researching for a few minutes and jumping conclusions. It takes many school hours to comprehend it all. He didn't call YOUR name out for being a redneck. You have proven yourself, so i will.

      October 1, 2010 at 2:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Harvey

      @Medical Student. That was quite the pronouncement at the end of your informative post. We could have all done without the insults. If this is the result of all your education, then I'm glad I didn't bother. And the next time you need your car repaired or your furnace cleaned.....do it yourself. A Hole

      October 1, 2010 at 3:00 pm | Report abuse |
  3. tommy

    Fake alcohol? You gotta be stupid enough to buy it.

    October 1, 2010 at 12:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Pete

      When I bartended in europe ages ago, a lot of bars, especially nightclubs, used alcohol free "liquor" to dupe unsuspecting patrons. There's money to be made.

      October 1, 2010 at 1:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • RM

      yeah, it's made with fake water!

      October 1, 2010 at 1:35 pm | Report abuse |
  4. shindne58

    I didn't see any arrests in China, I wonder why.

    October 1, 2010 at 12:25 pm | Report abuse |
  5. tommy

    Careful common sense they know you know they know you know they know

    October 1, 2010 at 12:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • thoughtdog

      I dun know, do u know.

      October 1, 2010 at 2:20 pm | Report abuse |
  6. PARROT

    I BET THEY HAVE NEVER BEEN AT ONE-DOLLAR-STORE.....!!!!

    October 1, 2010 at 12:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • bill

      Uhm that stuff is legimate marked goods, the stuff is stuff bought at a 99 cent store and have a gucci label put on it

      October 1, 2010 at 12:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • RM

      recently a bunch of counterfeiters in Iran went broke creating counterfeit 100 dollar bills by clipping the last zero off 1000 dollar bills and gluing them back together.

      October 1, 2010 at 1:38 pm | Report abuse |
  7. bob the chemist

    Fake alcohol? Does it have an S-H group instead of an O-H group?

    October 1, 2010 at 12:35 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Samuel R. Preston, III

    They will never be able to counterfeit my love for CNN. I LOVE YOU CNN!

    October 1, 2010 at 12:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Harvey

      Sam...you crazy... ;]

      October 1, 2010 at 3:03 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Todd

    Were they trying to counterfeit Zimbabwae currency?

    October 1, 2010 at 12:37 pm | Report abuse |
  10. cevans, texas

    They have all of our jobs, and sending back fake goods!! Where is China, they should have topped the list. Thanks, Republicans!

    October 1, 2010 at 12:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Phil

      You, sir, are an idiot!!!

      October 1, 2010 at 3:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • mackinow

      You try to make an arrest in china and see what the commie Bast@*!% do to you !

      October 1, 2010 at 10:22 pm | Report abuse |
  11. bill

    One place of conterfiet goods yet to be talked about in news is electronic parts. not the Ipod knockoff, but the parts inside, transistor,ICs and such. Alot of gera of there may have it and oyu not know it until the bad parts short lifesapn rears its ugly head

    October 1, 2010 at 12:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Funny

      I bet your keyboard is counterfeit based on spelling mistakes towards the end 😉

      October 1, 2010 at 4:07 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Jack

    Was this on a fake train?

    October 1, 2010 at 12:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • Harvey

      No...a fake bus.
      Instead of faked goods...send us baked goods.
      There's always a market for those in chubby America.

      October 1, 2010 at 3:05 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Dan

    I watched this film called "America Freedom To Fascism" on Net Flix and apparently the Fed Reserve is a PRIVATE COMPANY!!?? They print our money, charge us intrest and devalue it to control us in many ways!!?? AND the IRS takes our money and feeds it back to it's masters, the bankers!!?? CRAZY! The "rabbit hole" gets crazy when you start to think of the profit made off the drug/terror wars, how the banks launder the fake Federal Reserve paper money, ect....

    October 1, 2010 at 12:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • JeramieH

      Born with an extra copy of that paranoia gene, eh?

      October 1, 2010 at 5:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • michael

      sad sad average americans when will u ever wake up- oooooooo u will when we suddenly have all the problems the rest of the world has its already here ur just blind and we are not built for it – blame everyone and dont look in the mirroe our system is completely built on exploitation and their is no one left to xploit..........prepare ppl war is coming soon to a tv near u

      October 1, 2010 at 6:28 pm | Report abuse |
  14. D Johnson

    Will this interfere with the election in Ecuador?

    October 1, 2010 at 12:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • thoughtdog

      No, they are given the real deal by our government!

      October 1, 2010 at 2:25 pm | Report abuse |
  15. WeGon'FindYou

    Now if they can only clean up the 600,000 on Canal St. between 6th ave and Elizabeth St.

    October 1, 2010 at 12:48 pm | Report abuse |
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