BORDER officials at Birmingham Airport have shown off some of the counterfeit items they’ve seized in the last few weeks.
Fake jewellery, perfumes, iPhones and designer brands were among the haul on display at the airport on Monday.
Among the more unusual items in this Aladdin’s cave of contraband was a leather handbag with a clutch that doubled as a knuckleduster.
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Warning After Counterfeit Vodka and Wine Seized
Eight different brands of illicit vodka have been seized from small convenience stores in Bournemouth in the run-up to Christmas.
Trading standards officers acted after a wave of complaints from people who had either been made ill by the counterfeit alcohol or were concerned that it smelt funny.
They targeted shops in Boscombe, Kinson, Winton and Old Christchurch Road and seized 35 bottles of fake vodka being sold at “pocket money prices.” At least 70 cases of counterfeit wine have also been seized.
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London 2012 Olympics: Metropolitan Police Arrest 90 in Early Strikes Against Touts and Ticket Frauds
The crackdown, which has netted low-level ticket touts as well as organised gangs involved in ticket fraud and counterfeiting, has been carried out by the Met’s dedicated ‘Operation Podium’ team, which was set up last year to combat crime at the London Games. It is currently staffed by 36 officers, which will rise to 50 next year.
Detective Superintendent Nick Downing, who is in charge of the operation, said the aim was to identify and disrupt criminals who were likely to target the Olympics and to send out a strong message to deter ticket crime next summer.
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Arrest Made in Counterfeit Case
Eric Alexander Godey Pineda, 25, an illegal immigrant, has been arrested by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), according to Hughes Springs Police Chief Randy Kennedy. He is charged with a engaging in organized criminal activity in connection with counterfeit payroll checks. Chief Kennedy said he had arranged with ICE to pick up Mr. Pineda on Dec. 21.
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