ASP Victor Barrett, head of the Intellectual Property Unit at C-TOC
Counterfeit items valued at $50 million were seized in downtown Kingston on Wednesday by the Counter-Terrorism and Organised Crime Investigation Branch, (C-TOC).
The items, including various fake brands of handbags and shoes, were seized at two stores on Princess Street.
Assistant Superintendent Victor Barrett, head of the Intellectual Property Unit at C-TOC, appealed to the public not to purchase counterfeit goods, noting that not only does it pose health risks, but it causes economic loss for the brand holder and deters foreign investors.
He said the operators of the stores will be charged under the Consumer Protection Act, the Trademark Act and the Customs Act.
Earlier this week, C-TOC reported an increase in the sale of counterfeit goods with back to school shopping in high gear.