“Made in Spain” counterfeit workshops raided
Police have made arrests across Spain after dismantling organisations responsible for copying articles and selling them off as authentic.
Twenty people were arrested in Valencia, Torrelavega (Cantabria), Asturias, Madrid, Palma de Mallorca and Alicante.
Two workshops were also raided in Valencia where “Made in Spain” articles were being forged.
Customers could even make personal visits to pick out their own fabrics and designs. The logo meant they could charge more for the goods.
The nerve centre of production was in Valencia, although the network had distributors in different parts of Spain who sold through direct sales markets or products, as well as via the Internet.
Thousands of items of jewellery and clothing were seized, together with more than 360,000 euros in cash. A further 600,000 euros of assets in eleven bank accounts have been block-ed.
The operation began when researchers detected illegal activities in the manufacture, distribution and sale of counterfeit leather goods of the prestige “Made in Spain” brand.
Most of the forgeries were imported from China and Turkey and then altered in the workshops.