In November 2016, Europol supported the Spanish authorities to dismantle an international criminal organization involved in Intellectual Property Crime and money laundering. In total, almost 265.000 products infringing intellectual property rights - textiles, footwear, watches, sunglasses, leather goods, jewelry and more - were seized, with an estimated black market value of EUR 8 million. The criminal group also used a sophisticated network of fictitious companies and front men to launder the proceeds of their criminal activities, which are thought to have exceeded EUR 9 million.
- 265 000 products infringing intellectual property rights - textiles, footwear, watches, sunglasses, leather goods, jewellery and more - were seized
- EUR 8 million estimated black market value
- 71 arrests
- 47 premises were searched or inspected
- over 400 agents participated