Fake goods seized
By Shelley Liddell ALICANTE Guardia Civil have investigated 11 people, including six Senegalese men, two Spanish men and three Spanish women, for a crime against industrial property.
The Guardia Civil started their investigation after receiving complaints from sportswear reps stating that fake clothing was being sold at the Rincón de Loix municipal market.
During their investigations they found that several market stalls were selling fake goods. The owners of these stalls were Senegalese, who had set up lookouts around the perimeter of the market to warn them of any police presence, allowing them to conceal the fake gear when necessary.
To avoid detection, officers were in plain clothes when they swooped on the stalls, giving the vendors no time to hide their fake wares.
As well as identifying the 11 people involved in selling the fake gear, they seized 1,084 items including handbags, wallets and luxury watches with a market value of more than €33,455. Ten Guardia Civil officers from Alicante and Calpe took part in the operation.
The Guardia Civil would like to remind people that when they purchase fakes, everybody loses out. The sale and distribution of counterfeit goods is classed as a crime against industrial property.
The consequences of this type of crime means an annual loss of €2.6 billion of income, which is equivalent to 9.7% of sales in the sector, resulting in the loss of 363,000 jobs.
The European Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) based in Alicante works closely with the Guardia Civil in the fight against the sale of counterfeit goods in Spain and their distribution channels. By Shelley Liddell OFFICERS from the Guardia Civil's regional traffic department had a busy month in August, arresting a total of 189 drivers for various offences.
Of these, 51 were driving without licence and 137 were driving under the influence of alcohol, while one driver was arrested for excessive speeding.
These figures are down by 16% in
comparison with August 2016.
Breaking the arrests down by province, Valencia had 20 drivers without a licence and 86 drunk drivers, Castellon had two without a licence and 17 under the influence, and Alicante had 29 without licences, 34 drunk drivers and one driver who was caught doing 179 km per hour in an 80 km per hour limit zone.