Counterfeits worth €37 million seized in INTERPOL-led operations across Eastern Europe

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The International Criminal Police Organisation (INTERPOL), in cooperation with national customs authorities from participating Eastern and Central European countries, has carried out approximately 1,500 operations resulting in the seizures of nearly 12 million fake items including car parts, alcohol, toys, clothing, cigarettes, cosmetics and household appliances.

The seizures, worth over €37 million (approximately $42 million), were executed as part of two projects named Black Poseidon III and White Mercury II. The countries participating in Black Poseidon III were Belarus, Bulgaria, Hungary, Lithuania, Latvia, Moldova, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Turkey and Ukraine, while those participating in White Mercury II were Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia and Slovenia.

In Ukraine, officials discovered three illegal factories, one producing fake sportswear items, the second making counterfeit cement and the third making counterfeit alcohol. During the raid of the alcohol factory, the authorities seized 15,000 bottles of counterfeit alcoholic beverages, in addition to 1,000 litres or €50,000 (approximately $57,000) worth of vodka ready for bottling.

Jelena Jankovic, PETOŠEVIC, Belgrade

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