Fakes worth millions seized in INTERPOL-led operation across Americas

April 30, 2012

INTERPOL on April 26, 2012 released the following:

Operation Maya results released on World Intellectual Property Day

LYON, France – Fake goods including toys, computer software, clothing, beauty products, engine oil and cigarettes worth nearly 30 million US dollars have been seized in an INTERPOL-initiated and coordinated operation across 11 countries in the Americas.

Codenamed Maya the two-week operation (1 – 15 March) saw more than 1,000 interventions by police, customs, investigators and Intellectual Property (IP) crime experts at key locations such as land and sea and airport border control points in addition to markets, shops and street vendors, with 200 individuals arrested or currently under investigation and more than a million items recovered.

The operation also revealed increasingly elaborate efforts by criminals to avoid detection, with items smuggled into a country via one route while counterfeit trade mark materials including stickers for computers, batteries, mobile phones and even car emblems, were sent separately to be used later to ‘brand’ the products.

“Operation Maya again shows that there is no product which is not being counterfeited and criminals are using every means available to traffic fake and illicit goods,” said Operation Maya project manager, Roberto Manriquez, a crime intelligence officer with INTERPOL’s IP crime unit.

“As with legitimate trade, criminals also follow the market and we have seen an increasing number of fake and illicitly traded electronics such as phone and computer parts and accessories.

“This operation has again shown to effectively tackle this type of transnational crime, coordination between police and all involved partners, such as customs, prosecutors and the private sector is essential, and the results we have seen across all 11 countries are due to their commitment and support,” concluded Mr Manriquez.

In addition to counterfeits, the operation also identified routes used by organized crime groups for trafficking in illicit goods, stolen works of art, archaeological remains, wildlife and even child abuse images.

Although investigations are currently ongoing in many of involved countries, INTERPOL is announcing the initial results from Operation Maya to mark World Intellectual Property Day, April 26.

INTERPOL’s IP crime programme activities revolve around three main areas: raising awareness and capacity building, delivering integrated training and operations, and international co-operation to assist all 190 member countries in identifying the individuals and transnational crime networks behind the trafficking of counterfeit and illicit goods.

Operation Maya which was launched with the support of the US Department of Justice and US Patent and Trademark Office was based on INTERPOL’s successful Operation Jupiter model which, since its launch in 2004, has resulted in more than 1,660 arrests, the seizure of more than 12 million counterfeit products worth more than 500 million US dollars.

Countries involved in Operation Maya: Belize, Canada, Colombia, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama and the USA. For more information on individual results, please contact the national enforcement agencies in the countries concerned.”

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Italy’s head of criminal police visits INTERPOL ahead of Rome General Assembly

January 16, 2012

INTERPOL on January 16, 2012 released the following:

“LYON, France – Italy’s Director General of Criminal Police and Deputy Director General of Public Security, Prefect Francesco Cirillo, today met with INTERPOL Secretary General Ronald K. Noble at INTERPOL’s General Secretariat headquarters to discuss security measures aimed at enhancing international cooperation against cross-border crime.

With Rome hosting the 81st INTERPOL General Assembly later this year (5-8 November), the visit by Prefect Cirillo provided an opportunity to review preparations for the conference which will cover key security issues such as transnational organized crime, human and drug trafficking, terrorism, corruption, cybercrime and stolen works of art.

The role of international law enforcement cooperation and the global tools and services INTERPOL provides its 190 member countries against international crime will top the conference agenda.

During his meeting with Prefect Cirillo, Secretary General Noble underlined Italy’s ‘strong leadership’ in international law enforcement cooperation, and said INTERPOL’s General Assembly in Rome was set to determine the international security agenda ‘at a time when globalization has seen the expansion and diversification of transnational crime’.

The General Assembly is composed of delegates appointed by the governments of member countries. As INTERPOL’s supreme governing body, it meets once a year and takes all the major decisions affecting general policy, the resources needed for international cooperation, working methods, finances and programmes of activities. It also elects the Organization’s Executive Committee. Each member country represented has one vote.”

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INTERPOL issues alert following disappearance of cultural goods in Libya

September 28, 2011

INTERPOL on September 22, 2011 released the following:

“LYON, France – INTERPOL’s General Secretariat headquarters has issued an alert to its 188 National Central Bureaus following the recent theft in Libya both of an archaeological collection known as “the Treasure of Bengasi” as well as three paintings taken from the British ambassador’s residence in Tripoli.

The alert was published as part of INTERPOL’s close partnership with UNESCO which has exposed the threats which Libyan cultural heritage is currently facing as a result of the ongoing civil unrest and armed conflict in the country. Risks include material damage as well as theft, looting and the subsequent illicit trafficking of cultural artifacts.

INTERPOL alert will highlight to the international community the wider risks involving Libya’s cultural heritage and is a call for countries to remain vigilant on the illegal trade of invaluable cultural treasures,” said Karl-Heinz Kind of INTERPOL’s Works of Art unit.

Recent civil unrest and armed conflict across North Africa and the Middle East has seen both the destruction and theft of significant cultural property and works of art. In this respect, INTERPOL has recorded the details of lost identifiable items in its Stolen Works of Art database which is publicly accessible via http://www.interpol.int/Crime-areas/Works-of-art/Works-of-art

The illicit traffic of cultural property is a worldwide increasing problem affecting not only the countries of origin of the cultural goods, but also the countries of transit and of final destination. INTERPOL through its National Central Bureaus and with the support and collaboration of international organizations, such as UNESCO, is making every effort possible to curb this criminal activity, so as to preserve and protect the cultural heritage of its member countries.”

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Monaco Minister Briefed on Joint Successes During INTERPOL Visit

July 26, 2011

INTERPOL on July 26, 2011 released the following:

“LYON, France – Minister of State for Monaco, Michel Roger was briefed on recent law enforcement successes involving the Principality and other INTERPOL member countries during his visit today to the world police body’s General Secretariat headquarters in Lyon.

During discussion with the country’s highest ranking government official, INTERPOL Secretary General Ronald K. Noble highlighted the organization’s Project Pink Panthers as an area where Monaco has made a significant contribution to successful global law enforcement cooperation.

The project, created in 2007, centralizes information relating to hundreds of suspected international jewel thieves linked to more than 300 robberies in 27 countries since 1999, with the value of stolen jewellery estimated at more than EUR 350 million and has already let to arrests across the globe, including in Monaco.

Other recent successes include the recovery by Italian carabinieri of a number of high value paintings stolen from Monaco thanks to their inclusion in INTERPOL’s Stolen Works of Art database by the National Central Bureau in Monte Carlo.

With the origins of INTERPOL rooted in the first International Criminal Police Congress organized and held in Monaco in 1914, the possibility of Monaco hosting the 2014 INTERPOL General Assembly, to mark a century of international law enforcement cooperation was also discussed.”

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