Operation Jupiter V
Launched in 2004, Operation Jupiter expands in scope every year. Each phase of the operation targets an increasingly wide range of counterfeit and illicit goods, in more distribution channels and in more countries.
Operation Jupiter V (2010) resulted in the seizure of nearly 8 million counterfeit products worth more than USD 200 million and led to nearly 1,000 arrests.
Seizures have highlighted the dangers that counterfeit products pose to public safety. Car parts, motor oil and construction materials, such as powders to make concrete and glue, are examples of new commodities seized under Jupiter V. These unregulated goods are generally sub-standard and so constitute a major risk to the population at large. Other types of goods recovered include sports clothes and shoes, sunglasses, mobile phones, books, car parts, computer software and alcohol.
Illicit goods are also infiltrating well-known shopping centres while luxury items are appearing for sale on Internet social networks. Operation Jupiter is cracking down on these goods in a variety of outlets and has carried out interventions at sea, to detect the routes used by boats smuggling illegal goods.
Operation Jupiter is led by INTERPOL in partnership with the World Customs Organization (WCO).
Dates: January to December 2010
Participating countries: (13 in total) Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, France (French Guyana), Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Suriname, Uruguay and Venezuela.
Media release: Success of Operation Jupiter V recognized with award (8 June 2011)
Media release: Operation in Americas nets fakes worth 200 million dollars (31 January 2011)