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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 juin 2016

Training key to law enforcement ability to meet crime challenges


26 avril 2016

INTERPOL backs World IP Day


30 mars 2016

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


17 décembre 2015

Strengthening border security in ASEAN countries through specialist skills


01 décembre 2015

International operation against illicit online trade supported by INTERPOL


20 octobre 2015

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


23 septembre 2015

Global action against intellectual property crime focus of international conference


21 septembre 2015

Une opération menée en Amérique du Sud cible les réseaux de criminalité responsables de la contrefaçon


13 juillet 2015

Les autorités égyptiennes saisissent des armes à feu, de la drogue et des œuvres d’art volées dans le cadre d’une opération ciblant les marchandises illicites


25 juin 2015

La campagne Turn Back Crime d’INTERPOL distinguée à l’occasion de la Journée mondiale anticontrefaçon


01 juin 2015

Saisie de 60 millions d’USD de contrefaçons lors d’une opération menée sur tout le continent américain et dans les Caraïbes


19 mars 2015

INTERPOL hosts global music industry anti-piracy conference


16 février 2015

Saisies record d’aliments et de boissons illicites au cours d’une opération INTERPOL-Europol


31 décembre 2014

Saisie de contrefaçons d’une valeur de 37 millions d’euros lors d’opérations coordonnées par INTERPOL dans toute l’Europe


24 novembre 2014

Une conférence pour fédérer les actions régionales en matière de lutte contre les atteintes à la propriété intellectuelle au Moyen-Orient et en Afrique du Nord


23 octobre 2014

Un séminaire juridique INTERPOL renforce la lutte contre le commerce illicite dans la région du Golfe


23 septembre 2014

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


22 septembre 2014

Une opération INTERPOL aboutit à la saisie de faux produits d’une valeur de 50 millions de dollars dans toute l’Asie


11 septembre 2014

L’utilisation des outils juridiques aux fins de la lutte contre le commerce illicite et la contrefaçon est le thème central d’un séminaire INTERPOL en Pologne


11 juillet 2014

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


04 juillet 2014

Moldova police seize smuggled snake venom


25 juin 2014

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


04 juin 2014

Le renforcement des moyens juridiques de combattre le commerce illicite et la contrefaçon au centre d’un séminaire INTERPOL au Paraguay


15 mai 2014

Des centaines de perquisitions menées dans toute l’Amérique du Sud permettent la saisie de contrefaçons d’une valeur de près de 27 millions d’USD


03 avril 2014

Un guide pratique INTERPOL souligne les liens entre le commerce illicite et la criminalité organisée


INTERPOL Operation Jupiter VI (2014)

Operation Al Shaheen photo report (2014)