'Aladdin's cave' of counterfeit goods busted by gardai
Gardai seized tens of thousands of euro worth of counterfeit clothes when they carried out a major raid against a Dublin man who is suspected of being heavily involved in the illegal trade.
Officers from Crumlin and Sundrive Road garda stations were involved in the massive bust, which took place at a business premises in Drimnagh on Thursday.
Among the huge amount of items seized were counterfeit football jerseys for clubs including Manchester United and Celtic, a vast collection of footwear including fake UGG boots, fake Michael Kors handbags and a wide variety of counterfeit Cavin Klein clothing.
Gardai also seized a sizeable quantity of 'Dr Dre' headphones.
"This was a real Aladdin's cave of illegal merchandise. This week's raid was a planned operation and followed surveillance that had been ongoing for some time," a source said.
"This raid will be a major blow to a criminal who has been involved in this type of crime for years."
There were no arrests made in this week's operation.
Investigations have established that much of the counterfeit clothing controlled by the criminal is sold in the capital's south inner city.
He was previously the target of another major garda operation in December.
On that occasion, gardai seized €30,000 of counterfeit clothing and €25,000 in cash during raids in the Meath Street and Drimnagh areas of the capital.
The clothing seized in December was mostly sports items, such as tracksuits and sweatshirts.
December's operation was described by gardai as "an intelligence-led operation into the distribution of counterfeit clothing in the Dublin 8 area".
Thursday's raids were part of the same garda investigation.
Two years ago it emerged that gardai had joined a global police effort to make the public more aware of the dangers of buying counterfeit goods.
The campaign focused on highlighting the close links between the counterfeit trade and organised crime and it was promoted by Interpol.