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Seized 170,000 fake items in an operation against the illicit toy trade in the Christmas campaign

National Police agents and Customs Surveillance officials from the Tax Agency, within the framework of the Ludus III operation, led by Europol, have dismantled a counterfeit toy distribution network. Within the framework of this operation, a man has been arrested and 170,000 false articles have been seized in Madrid that would have reached a market value of more than 1,200,000 euros.

The operation began last August when investigators learned of the existence of a large number of stuffed animals and toys in various warehouses and warehouses in the Cobo Calleja Industrial Estate that could be violating the rights against industrial property of various brands.

Due to the proximity of the Christmas season, in which the fraudulent sale of toys usually proliferates, and given the possibility that they were put on the market, a joint device was established in order to inspect and, where appropriate, intervene in the stored merchandise. .

A market value of more than 1,200,000 euros

For this reason, they proceeded to enter a warehouse in the Cobo Calleja industrial estate in the Madrid town of Fuenlabrada, where a large number of toys from well-known brands were found that allegedly violated industrial property rights.

Following this finding, the agents have seized a total of 169,320 items consisting of toys, stuffed animals and various items from renowned brands, with a market value of more than 1,200,000 euros. In addition, in this operation a Chinese citizen has been arrested on charges of a crime against industrial property and another of smuggling.

This arrest occurred within the framework of the Ludus III operation, led by EUROPOL, against the illegal trade in toys at Christmas.