Thousands of fake Christmas toys seized

Customs Surveillance Officials of the Tax Agency, and agents of the National Police, within the framework of the operation ‘Ludus III’, led by Europol, have dismantled a network involved in the distribution of fake toys.

Within the framework of this operation, a man, of Chinese nationality, was arrested and 170,000 articles seized in Madrid that would have reached a market value of more than 1,200,000 euro.

The operation began last August when investigators were aware of the existence of a large number of stuffed animals and toys in various warehouses of the Cobo industrial estate in Calleja, that could be violating the rights against the industry and intellectual property of various brands.

Due to the proximity of the Christmas campaign, in which usually fraudulent sale of toys proliferates, and given the possibility that were placed on the market, a joint device was established with the purpose of inspecting and, where appropriate, intervening the stored merchandise.

For this reason, a warehouse in the town of Fuenlabrada (Madrid) was entered and searched, where a large number of toys from well-known brands that allegedly violated rights against industrial property, since the owners lacked the documentation that proves its legitimate origin.

After this discovery, the agents have intervened a total of 169,320 items consisting of toys, stuffed animals and various branded items, with a market value of more than 1,200,000 euro.

Furthermore, in this operation a Chinese citizen has been arrested and charged him with a crime against industrial property and another with smuggling.

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