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

September and October 2014
Operations White Mercury II and Black Poseidon III
Fakes worth EUR 37 million seized in INTERPOL coordinated operations across Europe

September 2014
Operation Real
INTERPOL operation nets fakes worth USD 50 million across Asia

July 2014
Operation Wipeout
Dangerous fake goods seized in INTERPOL operations across Eastern and Southern Africa

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


November 2013
Intellectual Property Crimes operational workshop


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


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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