In a raid on Barry Street in downtown Kingston recently, fake garments and shoes were seized worth more than $100 million by the Counter-Terrorism and Organized Crime Investigation Branch (CTOC).
The attack was directed at two connecting Chinese-operated stores. Two people were captured and accused of unapproved utilization of trademark, break of the Customs Act and the Consumer Protection Act.
This is the second significant strike in two weeks. Assistant Superintendent of Police Victor Barrett said this was being done as a major aspect of C-TOC’s order to free the nation of unlawful merchandise, which is against the intellectual property rights.
“We have our intel agents in the city, so we do test buys. When we can confirm that fake merchandise exists, in a specific area, we move in,” said Barrett.
A few brand names, for example, Nike, Gucci, Converse, and Louis Vuitton, were among the fake things seized. Barrett said this activity would be stretched out to the country regions and is urging entrepreneurs to get themselves streamlined.
“We are unquestionably leaving town; we are going to Montego Bay, St Ann, St Thomas, and Westmoreland,” said Barrett. He prompted dealers to get authorisation from the brand holders, for instance, Puma or Nike, which have neighbourhood operators.
Barrett clarified, “This kind of movement loots the income of the Government. It puts the brand in a negative light as in if a client purchases a specific brand (of the shoe) and if within the span of seven days that shoes get damaged, at that point that specific client won’t have any desire to purchase that brand any longer. That was a counterfeit shoe, however, the brand suffers. Moreover, you don’t have the foggiest idea about the composition of these items; you don’t comprehend what sort of chemicals were being used, so it’s additionally a well-being danger.”