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Operations

Illicit goods are often poor quality and therefore pose a risk to public health. At the same time, a clear link can be drawn between trafficking in illicit goods and other forms of transnational organized crime. Enforcement operations in the field are vital in order to remove illicit products from circulation and to dismantle the illegal networks behind these crimes.

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.

Operations coordinated by INTERPOL target a wide range of goods, including food, drink, fuel,vehicle parts, pesticides, toys, cosmetics and electrical products. Activities are carried out in all regions of the world.

Some of our operational highlights are summarized below.

Opson V

Coordinated by INTERPOL and Europol, this global operation seized more than 10,000 tonnes and one million litres of hazardous fake food and drink in operations across 57 countries. Among the seizures were nearly nine tonnes of counterfeit sugar contaminated with fertilizer (Sudan), and 85 tonnes of olives which had been ‘painted’ with copper sulphate solutions to enhance their colour (Italy).

Read more about Operation Opson V (March 2016)

Jupiter VII

Operation Jupiter VII carried out almost 2,000 raids in 11 countries in South America, leading to the seizure of some 800,000 fake goods worth approximately USD 130 million. Seized goods included clothing, fertilizers, windshields, alcoholic drinks, cigarettes, cosmetics, electric and electronic components, mobile phones, fuel, and construction materials. More than 800 people were either arrested or placed under investigation. Notably, an individual who was the subject of an INTERPOL Red Notice was arrested in Colombia.

Read more about Operation Jupiter VII (September 2015)

Maya II

Carried out across the Americas and the Caribbean, this operation seized car parts, fuel, food, detergent, cigars, shampoo and steel, among other fake products. Operation Maya II saw more than 2,000 interventions by police, customs, investigators and Intellectual Property units at markets, border control points and shops across 19 countries and territories. In total, the seized goods were worth nearly USD 60 million.

Read more about Operation Maya II (June 2015)

Real

Illicit goods worth nearly USD 50 million were seized under Operation Real. Conducted by police and customs agencies across 10 countries in Asia, the operation seized nearly 1 million fake or illicit items including alcohol, cigarettes, cosmetics, clothing and electrical goods. More than 660 individuals were arrested or placed under investigation.

Read more about Operation Real (September 2014)

Wipeout

Baby food, cosmetics, televisions, mobile phones and toys were among goods worth USD 5.6 million seized during Operation Wipeout. Conducted across seven countries in Eastern and Southern Africa, the operation resulted in some 644,000 goods seized and more than 260 individuals arrested or placed under investigation.

Read more about Operation Wipeout (July 2014)

Al Shaheen

Operation Al Shaheen was the first INTERPOL-coordinated operation to combat trafficking in illicit goods and counterfeiting held in the Middle East. The operation carried out more than 600 raids across Qatar at shops, markets and retail outlets. It confiscated some 140,000 illicit products and placed 147 individuals under investigation.

Read more about Operation Al Shaheen (March 2014)

News
30 June 2016

Training key to law enforcement ability to meet crime challenges


26 April 2016

INTERPOL backs World IP Day


30 March 2016

Largest-ever seizures of fake food and drink in INTERPOL-Europol operation


17 December 2015

Strengthening border security in ASEAN countries through specialist skills


01 December 2015

International operation against illicit online trade supported by INTERPOL


20 October 2015

Border security across Southeast Asia focus of new EU-ASEAN programme led by INTERPOL


23 September 2015

Global action against intellectual property crime focus of international conference


21 September 2015

South American operation targets crime networks behind fake goods


13 July 2015

Egyptian authorities seize guns, drugs and stolen art in operation targeting illicit goods


25 June 2015

INTERPOL’s Turn Back Crime campaign wins award on World Anti-Counterfeiting Day


01 June 2015

Fakes worth USD 60 million seized in operations across Americas and Caribbean


19 March 2015

INTERPOL hosts global music industry anti-piracy conference


16 February 2015

Record seizures of fake food and drink in INTERPOL-Europol operation


31 December 2014

Fakes worth EUR 37 million seized in INTERPOL coordinated operations across Europe


24 November 2014

Conference consolidates regional efforts against intellectual property crime in Middle East and North Africa


23 October 2014

INTERPOL legal seminar enhances fight against illicit trade in Gulf region


23 September 2014

Harnessing global efforts against counterfeiting and illicit trade focus of international conference


22 September 2014

INTERPOL operation nets fakes worth USD 50 million across Asia


11 September 2014

Using legal tools to combat illicit trade and counterfeiting focus of INTERPOL seminar in Poland


11 July 2014

Dangerous fake goods seized in INTERPOL operations across Eastern and Southern Africa


04 July 2014

Moldova police seize smuggled snake venom


25 June 2014

Kuwait requests INTERPOL Purple Notice after fake car parts used to smuggle drugs


04 June 2014

Boosting legal capacity to tackle illicit trade and counterfeiting focus of INTERPOL seminar in Paraguay


15 May 2014

Hundreds of raids across South America net fake goods worth USD 27 million


03 April 2014

INTERPOL casebook highlights links between illicit trade and organized crime


INTERPOL Operation Jupiter VI (2014)

Operation Al Shaheen photo report (2014)