Counterfeit clothing seized at Santa Faz market
By Shelley Liddell GUARDIA Civil officers arrested a 38year-old man and a 43-year-old woman for allegedly committing a crime against industrial property. Another two Spanish men and a woman, as well as nine Moroccan (between 19 and 45 years old) men are under investigation for the same crime.
The sale and distribution of counterfeit items is typified as a crime, however it is probably one of the most socially accepted criminal activities.
Despite this acceptance, offencesagainst industrial property cause millions of euros in losses to companies, and that directly affects the negative growth of employment in Spain.
During a routine inspection of Santa Faz market, San Juan Guardia Civil officers discovered fake items in eight of the market stalls. 500 items of clothing and shoes were seized on the spot, all of them with fake brands of well-known manufacturers. Their value is estimated at more than €12,000.
In the framework of the fight against this type of crime, agents of the Civil Guard of San Juan de Alicante, inspected the market of Santa Faz last Sunday; finding counterfeit products in eight of the posts established there.
The detainees were later charged and released to await trial.