Police along with personnel from the Trademark Investigation Services and identified and seized dozens of boxes with counterfeit merchandise including Apple, Samsung, Adidas and Chanel brands. The raids were conducted in Sydney’s north-west by police from Quakers Hill Local Area Command with search warrants at five different locations over two days (March 10 and 11.)
At about 9am on March 11 police executed a search warrant at a stall in a shopping centre in Stanhope Gardens, before attending a warehouse on Berry Street, Granville, where another search warrant was undertaken. Police seized thousands of fake mobile phone and tablet accessories.
On March 10 officers executed a search warrant at a stall in a marketplace at Parklea before following up with search warrants at private residences on Donnelly Street, Guildford, and Gibbs Street, Auburn.
At all three locations, police seized thousands of dollars in counterfeit goods including fake handbags, shoes and clothing.
The goods are being inspected for authenticity.
Inquiries are continuing and a number of people are expected to be charged.
Inspector Adel Attala from Quakers Hill Local Area Command said police would continue to target businesses involved in the importation and sale of counterfeit goods.
“The counterfeit goods trade robs unknowing consumers and legitimate businesses of their hard earned incomes and profits,” he said. “We’re committed to getting fake products out of local marketplaces and will be working hard to catch and prosecute more counterfeit goods traders in the very near future.”
Attala expects more seizures will be taking place in the months ahead.
Anyone with information about that may assist investigators should call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or use the Crime Stoppers online reporting page: here.