AN investigation into the sale of counterfeit goods at Denia’sweekly market resulted in the arrest of 5 people and the seizure of over 500 items, worth approximately €30,000.
Calpe’s Guardia Civil initiated the investigation and found out that the counterfeit goods sellers had a surveillance network at the market meaning they were alerted of police presence and could hide the fake items.
Guardia Civil officers later visited the market undercover, in plain clothes and surprised the sellers before they had time to hide the counterfeit goods.
Officers arrested five men – four Senegalese nationals aged between 30 and 36 years old and a 29-year-old Moroccans alleged perpetrators of crimes against industrial property.
They seized 517 items including clothing, footwear and accessories made to look like those from designers such as Adidas and Nike.
The items had a market value of approximately €30,000.
The investigation involved eight Guardia Civil officers and members of Calpe’s Citizen Security Unit.
The sale and distribution of counterfeit goods is an activity classified as a crime against industrial property in the last reform of the penal code and whose consequences translate into the annual loss of about €26.3 billion euros in income; equivalent to 9.7 per cent of sales in the sector (including losses in the manufacturing, wholesale and retail sectors), resulting in the loss of 363,0000 jobs.
The European Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO), based in Alicante, works closely with the Guardia Civil in the fight against the sale and distribution of counterfeit goods in Spain.