Stopped in possession of over 1,000 items of fake designer clothes
The Guardia Civil in Vecindario are investigating two men charged with crimes against intellectual copyright, when they found to be in possession of over 1,000 items of counterfeit sportswear to value of over 37,000 euros.
The Fiscal and Border Control (PAFIF) department of the Guardia Civil in Gran Canaria explained in a press release that the discovery happened due to a police stop because of Covid regulations.
The police originally stopped a van that had boxes of clothes inside it at a routine stop, but agents were suspicious of the driver, so called for assistance to identify the merchandise that they had found inside the boxes.
When other agents arrived, they opened up the boxes in the van and found 1,069 items of counterfeit sportswear and designer clothes, including t-shirts, shorts and tracksuits from different sports brands, and watches from a well-known brand, so they began the appropriate action to find out their origin and destination.
In the absence of any documentation that proved the legal possession and authenticity of the merchandise, collaboration was requested from PAFIF in order to identify the items, since they seemed to be counterfeits.
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From this intervention, they were able to certify that they were all in fact fake, which is why the appropriate steps were taken to locate the owner of the merchandise who, together with the driver of the vehicle, were investigated for a crime against industrial property and copyright.
Finally, all the garments were seized, specifically 1,069 items, valued at 37,100 euros that were placed, together with those investigated, at the disposal of the judicial authority.