False products worth more than one million euros seized in Playa del Inglés
The authorities in the Canary Islands have warn-ed they will not tolerate the widespread sale of counterfeit football tops and similar well-known brands to unsuspecting tourists.
Their alert follows the arrest of 20 men and three women in the municipality of San Bartolomé de Tirajana, in Gran Canaria, for the sale of counterfeit material whose value exceeds one million euros.
Many of the detainees have police records for acts of similar characteristics and this time they are accused of alleged crimes against industrial and intellectual property.
The police investigation was initiated after officers were told of the alleged sale of counterfeit items in various positions in two shopping centres in Playa del Inglés.
The agents carried out inspections in these establishments, in which they had the collaboration of an expert from the Antipiracy Commission of the Ministry of Culture.
Police seized 80 boxes of large dimensions with products that were found to be counterfeit and whose market value would reach 1,083,535 euros.
Among the counterfeit effects intervened by the agents were a large number of garments, watches, bags and badges of recognised commercial brands.
The police investigation culminated in the arrest of the 23 suspects who were iden-tified as responsible for all the posts in which the counterfeit products were seized, as alleged perpe-trators of crimes against industrial property.
Once the corresponding police reports were complet-ed, they were sent to the competent Judicial Authority together with all the items intervened. The police inter-vention was carried out by agents of the Local Brigade of the Judicial Police of the Maspalomas Police Station.