19 May 2014 11:10am
WINDHOEK, 19 MAY (NAMPA) The Namibian Police Force (NamPol) last week issued 20 detention notices to suspects found in possession of counterfeit items in the capital.
These notices were issued during a three-day operation called 'Wipe-Out', carried out to crack down on counterfeit items in various shops in Windhoek.
During the operation between 28 and 30 April this year, counterfeit items worth N.dollars 14, 5 million were confiscated.
A combined cash amount of N.dollars 120 000 was also seized.
A statement issued by NamPol on Friday said a total of 41 376 counterfeited brand items were impounded.
NamPols Head of Public Relations, Deputy Commissioner Edwin Kanguatjivi said in the statement that the objective of the operation was to identify, disrupt and dismantle transnational organised networks involved in the trafficking of illicit goods in eastern and southern Africa.
It was also aimed at preventing, investigating and seizing all excisable goods, he stated.
Strategic methods agreed upon during the operational planning process were to maximise co-operation between the public and private sectors, brand-owners, the Namibian Society of Composers and Authors of Music (Nascam) and law-enforcement.
Kanguatjivi noted that they experienced some legal challenges during the operation.
This is due to the legal mandate to access the suspected targets without a search warrant, as most of the targeted places were closed at the start of the operation, he said.
Provisions in the Police Act; the Customs and Excise Act; as well as the Criminal Procedure Act, Act 51 of 1977, Section 22, luckily made it possible for the operation to attain tangible results.
Confiscated counterfeit brands included Nike, Puma, Adidas, Levis and Samsung products, which are all in police custody waiting for modalities on the appropriate methods of disposal.
NamPol, Interpol-National Central Bureau; the Ministry of Finances Customs and Excise Department; Ministry of Home Affairs and Immigration; members of the private sector; and Nascam representatives participated in the operation.