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Trio arrested for falsifying top brand products 

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Police have seized more than 1,000 counterfeit items and arrested three people for falsifying top brand products for sale in the Canaries.

Raids were carried out in three premises in Caleta de Fuste in Fuerteventura following a tip-off about the scam.

They found a special piece of machinery which had the logos and emblems of top brands in its memory to transfer on to clothes and other products.

Among the items seized were 34 luxury watches, 29 bags of a prestigious brand, clothing and accessories. The Civil Guard estimates that the total value of the merchandise seized would have reached 216,795 euros when sold to unsuspecting consumers. The trio arrested, all of foreign nationality, were aged 37, 38 and 47. The investigation began when police were told of a person who had an embroidery machine in their home for falsifying brands.