WATCH: Counterfeit goods valued at approximately $100 million seized in downtown Kingston
KINGSTON, Jamaica— Law enforcement officials from the Counter Terrorism and Organised Crime Investigations Branch (CTOC) seized approximately $100 million of counterfeit goods at a business establishment on Barry Street in downtown Kingston on Wednesday.
According to Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Victor Barrett in charge of Intellectual Property Rights at CTOC, majority of the goods seized were knock-off Crocs, however brands such as items mimicking brands such as Gucci, Adidas and LV were also seized.
“This morning at 133A Barrett Street we had discussions with some of the rights holders and owners of the specific brands and we did some work up and it led us here where we found a large quantity of counterfeit Crocs. We found other items here like Gucci, Adidas and LV but 95 per cent are Crocs. So we are here enforcing that breach,” DSP Barrett said.
“This morning based on our investigation I anticipate the volume of goods here to be about $100 million. It is a big money business and these merchants continue to deceive the public because when you look at some of the Crocs here they have the label Crocs on them but the sticker can be easily removed by the heat, it is not good quality and they are selling them at the same price as the real Crocs,” the deputy superintendent told Observer Online.