Police seize counterfeits worth millions
PR dla Zagranicy
Hundreds of thousands of counterfeit goods valued at PLN 52 million (EUR 12 million) have been seized and 11 foreigners suspected of smuggling have been detained by police in Poland.
Polish police take a suspect into custody. Photo: policja.pl
In a joint operation by the tax office, border guards and police targeting illegal migration and illegal trade, more than 200 buses filled with counterfeit goods were found near Warsaw late on Friday.
A bus filled with counterfeit goods. Photo: policja.pl
Among the goods were fake brand-name clothes, shoes, accessories and cosmetics.
Police say the goods were to be sold to wholesalers and retailers and distributed throughout Poland and in other Central and Eastern European countries.
Twelve suspects were detained, including one Pole. The others were from India, Ukraine, Turkey, Armenia and Bulgaria. All were in Poland legally.
All 12 detainees face fines and up to five years in jail. According to police, Polish border guards will consider whether the foreigners will be allowed to stay in Poland. (vb/pk)