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Operations

Illicit goods are often poor quality and therefore pose a risk to public health. Enforcement operations in the field aim to remove such products from circulation.

At the same time, a clear link can be drawn between trafficking in illicit goods and transnational organized crime, which makes enforcement operations of this nature of utmost importance. Not only is there the vital question of protecting public safety, but also of dismantling those illegal networks that are connected to other serious forms of crime.

Representatives from a variety of agencies and sectors – police  and customs officers, prosecutors, investigative experts – attend training courses and workshops in advance of the operational activity. These hands-on workshops equip participants with the knowledge they need for the raids and follow-up investigations, in particular, enabling them to better distinguish fake products from genuine ones.

The following flagship operations highlight the success of multidisciplinary enforcement action and show the impact of our activities across the world.

Latest Operations

April 2014
 Operation Jupiter VI: Hundreds of raids across South America net fake goods worth USD 27 million

March 2014
 Operation Al Shaheen: INTERPOL-supported operation in Qatar leads to major seizure of illicit goods

January 2014
 Operation Opson: Thousands of tonnes of fake food and drink seized in INTERPOL-Europol operation

January 2014
 Qatar requests first INTERPOL notice for illicit trade offences

November 2013
 Operation Alisuyo
Participating countries: Bolivia, Ecuador, Peru

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November 2013
 Intellectual Property Crimes operational workshop
Dubai

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September-November 2013
 Operation White Mercury
Participating countries: Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, FYR of Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia

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September 2013
 Operation Kalahari
Participating countries: Botswana, Malawi, Namibia, South Africa, Zambia

May - June 2013
 Operation Black Poseidon II
Participating countries: (six) Belarus, Moldova, Poland, Romania, Turkey and Ukraine.

May - June 2013
 Operation Etosha
Participating country: (one) Namibia.

May - June 2013
 Operation Hurricane
Participating countries: (eight) China, Hong Kong (China), Fiji, India, Indonesia, Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam.

May - June 2013
 Operation Pacific
Participating countries: (six) Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Panama and Peru.

December 2012
 Operation Opson II
Participating countries: (29) Austria, Belgium, Benin, Bulgaria, Colombia, Côte d’Ivoire, Czech Republic, Cyprus, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Jordan, Latvia, the Netherlands, Nigeria, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Thailand, Turkey, United Kingdom and the USA.

October 2012
Operation Tonse II
Participating countries: (six) Burundi, DR Congo, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda.

May 2012
 Operation Meerkat
Participating countries: (seven) Angola, Kenya, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Tanzania, and Zimbabwe.

May 2012
 Operation Black Poseidon
Participating countries: (five in total) Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, Turkey and Ukraine.

March 2012
 Operation Tonse
Participating countries: (one) Zambia.

March 2012
 Operation Maya
Participating countries: (11) Belize, Canada, Colombia, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama and USA.

November - December 2011
 Operation Opson
Participating countries: (10) Bulgaria, Denmark, France, Hungary, Italy, The Netherlands, Romania, Spain, Turkey and the United Kingdom.

April to June 2011
 Operation Atlantique
Participating countries: (five) Benin, Burkina Faso, Ghana, Nigeria and Togo.

January to December 2010
 Operation Jupiter V
Participating countries: (13) Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, France (French Guyana), Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Suriname, Uruguay and Venezuela.

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INTERPOL's Trafficking in Illicit Goods Programme

INTERPOL Operation Meerkat

Operational results

In 2012, we seized a total of 70 million counterfeit items, with 269 tons of goods and nearly 400,000 litres seized in just two operations. Some 2,000 people were arrested worldwide.