Bookmark and Share
07/02/2007

Over £200,000 of counterfeit goods seized in NI

The PSNI Crime Operations Department’s robust stance against organised criminals has helped net counterfeit goods worth over £200,000 throughout the month of January 2007.

The Organised Crime Squad seized fake DVDs, CDs, computer games and cigarettes in various searches across Northern Ireland. Other counterfeit goods included clothes, alcohol and washing powder.

In total, goods worth £207,423 were taken out of circulation and seven people were arrested.

The Organised Crime Squad was also involved in an operation last month, which led to three men being arrested for blackmail and membership of a proscribed organisation.

In a number of follow up searches, a replica pistol was seized, and a sum of money was also recovered.

Crime Operations detectives also arrested a man from the Dungiven area, suspected of making extortion demands on a member of the business community last summer. Follow up searches uncovered paramilitary style clothing. The suspect was subsequently charged with Blackmail and Terrorist Funding and has since appeared in court.

PSNI Chief Constable Sir Hugh Orde said the recent successes show that organised criminals have nowhere to hide. He said: "The detectives in Crime Operations Department maintain the highest level of commitment and professionalism, thus ensuring that counterfeiters, blackmailers and those involved in attempting to extort money from members of the public are being brought to justice."

(EF)

Related Northern Ireland News Stories
Click here for the latest headlines.

22 September 2017
Woman Arrested Over Thefts Across NI
A woman has been arrested as part of a PSNI investigation into thefts across Northern Ireland. The 45-year-old suspect was detained in the Aughnacloy area on Thursday, 21 September. She is being questioned at Dungannon custody suite. No other information has been released.
23 May 2003
Police uncover two counterfeit goods operations
Police have closed down two separate counterfeit goods operations one in Belfast and one located in Portadown worth over £350,000. A range of equipment worth an estimated £200,000 was uncovered by police officers from the Serious and Organised Crime Unit in Portadown yesterday.
01 December 2003
Minister warns of counterfeit goods danger
Security Minister Jane Kennedy has today warned the public of the dangers of buying counterfeit goods. Ms Kennedy, accompanied by leading representatives from industries badly affected by counterfeiting and piracy, was speaking at the PSNI counterfeit products storage facility at Sprucefield, near Lisburn.
30 June 2005
Counterfeit goods 'undermining' retail sector, says Minister
“Don’t buy it” was the message from Security Minister Shaun Woodward as he commented on the findings of a major Government backed study into the attitudes and motivations of customers towards the buying of counterfeit goods.
13 June 2003
Paramilitary involvement in crime is 'rife'
A report on organized crime in Northern Ireland has said that paramilitary involvement in local criminal groups is rife, with their activity casting a shadow over the province’s economy.
21 February 2007
Minister foresees tough challenges for policing
Police forces working in partnership can provide an effective response to the threats of international terrorism and organised crime, Security Minister Paul Goggins said today.
19 June 2006
NI Criminal Justice System report published
The third annual report of the organised crime task force has today revealed that fuel smuggling and laundering has cost Northern Ireland public almost £250 million over the past year. The report, of the Criminal Justice System Northern Ireland (CJSNI), also revealed that £50 million was seized from criminals.
29 November 2002
Shoppers urged to be wary of counterfeiters this Christmas
Security Minister, and Chair of the Organised Crime Task Force, Jane Kennedy, has warned people of the dangers of counterfeit goods and called for the public’s support in fighting organised crime.
15 October 2013
Assembly Debates DUP NCA Motion
The Northern Ireland Assembly is debating a DUP motion today addressing the possible impact of not establishing the National Crime Agency (NCA) in Northern Ireland. Dubbed the 'British FBI', the NCA is a national law enforcement agency that operates across the United Kingdom.
12 December 2006
Nine arrested in counterfeit cigarettes raid
Police in County Londonderry have arrested nine people in connection with the sale and distribution of counterfeit cigarettes. Around 16 properties throughout Coleraine and Limavady were searched during a planned police operation in the early hours of yesterday morning.
31 August 2005
Five arrested in connection with counterfeit cigarettes
Five people have been arrested in connection with the seizure of counterfeit cigarettes in Co Armagh. Officers from the PSNI's Organised Crime Unit arrested the two men and three women after 287,000 cigarettes were seized, along with a quantity of cash, ammunition and documentation during raids on Tuesday. There are no further details at present.
11 October 2002
Survey reveals majority would not report a crime
The Northern Ireland Office today released the findings of an organised crime bulletin which revealed that more than half of those surveyed would not report a crime to the police.
23 May 2002
New agency tightens grip on organised crime
New plans to clamp down on the network of organised crime in Northern Ireland have been announced today by the Secretary of State Dr John Reid.
04 April 2007
£14m of counterfeit goods seized since 2005
Detectives have seized more than £1.6 million worth of counterfeit goods in the first three months of this year, the PSNI has revealed. This brings the total recovered since 2005 to £14 million according to the latest figures.
18 September 2015
NI Paramilitary Organisations To Be Assessed
An independent assessment on the role of paramilitary organisations in Northern Ireland is to be carried out, the UK Government has announced. Northern Ireland Secretary Theresa Villiers also said a fund is to be set up to tackle organised crime associated with paramilitary groups.