Counterfeit goods worth over £3 million seized in south of Glasgow

Trading Standards Scotland (TSS), assisted by Police Scotland, the Anti Counterfeiting Group (ACG) and brand representatives, have recovered a large quantity of counterfeit goods from a storage yard in the south of Glasgow, in an operation carried out on 15 June 2021.

The goods – a mixture of clothing, perfume, watches and footwear, including the brands North Face, Moncler, Ugg and Dior – have a value in excess of £3 million. A total of over £6,000 in cash was also seized from the premises.

A 60-year-old male was arrested at the scene but later released. Partners continue to investigate the seizure.

Councillor Kelly Parry, Chair of Trading Standards Scotland’s Governance Board, said:

“This is a very significant seizure and will seriously disrupt the trade in counterfeit goods in Scotland.

The trade in illicit goods is often linked to serious and organised crime and tackling this trade is a key aim of Scotland’s Serious and Organised Crime Taskforce, of which I am a member.”

Chief Inspector Shaheen Baber, Local Area Commander for Glasgow South West, said:

“Counterfeit goods have a detrimental effect on local businesses across the community and prevent reputable retailers from carrying out lawful business. They also cause members of the public to buy goods which are often sub-standard or with the belief that they are genuine items.”

Robert Steenson, DETER Strand Lead for Scotland’s Serious Organised Crime Taskforce (SOCT) said:

“This substantial seizure highlights the vital importance of multi-agency working.

“The buying and selling of counterfeit goods isn’t a victimless crime and lines the pockets of criminal gangs as well as damaging legitimate businesses. It is also used by organised crime groups to fund other activities including drugs, guns and people trafficking. The products themselves are often dangerous and haven’t been through any health and safety checks. Don’t take a chance by buying them and being ripped off.

“The SOCT will continue to have a zero tolerance approach to counterfeiting and working with all our partner agencies, we will use all means necessary to help protect our communities and businesses from the real and present danger posed by organised crime.”