South American police arrest 600 over fake goods: Interpol

1st October 2010, Comments 0 comments

South American police have arrested over 600 and seized fake goods ranging from satellite receivers to soft drinks worth 50 million dollars (36 million euros) in a counterfeiting clampdown, Interpol said Friday.

"Goods recovered by police and customs officers... included fake satellite receivers and car parts, counterfeit soft drinks and falsely-branded designer sneakers," the global police agency said in a statement.

"Counterfeit and sub-standard toys which pose a significant risk to children's health and safety were also seized," during the operation across 13 Latin American countries, said the agency based in Lyon, France.

Operation Jupiter was launched in March and resulted in the discovery of "workshops capable of mass-producing counterfeit goods within the region," it said.

© 2010 AFP

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