Interpol operation into trafficking of illicit trade results in 6,000 arrests

By Christine Duhaime | July 11th, 2013

An Interpol-led investigation into the trade of counterfeit goods and products over the last two months has resulted in the arrests of more than 6,000 people in Vietnam, China, Belarus, Poland, Romania, Ukraine, Turkey, Namibia, Hong Kong, India, Thailand, Brazil, Chile, Columbia, Peru and Ecuador.

In total, 24 million fake goods were seized worth approximately $133 million on the black market, including fake alcohol, DVDs, shampoo and toothpaste, cigarettes, toys and clothing. In Namibia, machines used to change the dates on food products were also seized. In Brazil, the seizures mostly involved guns and firearms.

Those arrested will be charged with money laundering and trafficking in counterfeit goods pursuant to their national laws.

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