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CTOC uncovers counterfeit engine oil operation in Clarendon

Deputy Superintendent Victor Barrett, head of CTOC's Intellectual Property Unit
By Clinton McGregor 
 
Members of the Counter-Terrorism and Organised Crime Investigation Branch (CTOC) on Tuesday seized more than $10 million worth of counterfeit engine oil in May Pen, Clarendon.
 
Deputy Superintendent Victor Barrett, head of CTOC's Intellectual Property Unit, told Radio Jamaica News that one man was taken into custody in connection with the illegal operation.
 
The operation was conducted at premises on Muirhead Avenue in the parish.
 
"On close inspection, we discovered four containers, and out of the four, there were three containers laden with counterfeit engine oil, and I stress counterfeit engine oil, because from our enforcement operations, persons are of the view that we only enforce clothing, shoes, bags, pharmaceuticals. But we are here now looking at motor oil, which by itself is bad." 
 
DSP Barrett warned that the counterfeit engine oil poses a real threat to the vehicles of motorists who unknowingly purchase the contaminated product. 
 
"It doesn't contain the viscose, an element that allows the oil to moisten your engine. So the viscosity is of no moment. So what it does is that your engine might overheat and eventually explode," he warned. 


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