Police Arrest 27 Over Fake Goods

December 3, 2012

The National Police have arrested 27 people across Spain and the Canary Islands, in an operation aimed at stemming the flow of counterfeit goods coming from Morocco.

As well as the arrests, the operation resulted in the confiscation of 30,000 fake items of clothing, handbags and accessories, emblazoned with more than 40 well-known brand names.

The investigation began following the discovery of fake goods being sold in Gran Canaria, mostly by Moroccan traders.

The trail led to a sophisticated operation, which moved goods from Morocco to southern Spain and from there to the Canary Islands, where police uncovered a web of storage rooms and warehouses full of counterfeit goods.

Some of the fakes were so good that police had to draft in experts to verify they were not the genuine article.