Thousands of items that were seized during raids at Markham’s Pacific Mall this June have been confirmed as counterfeit, though no charges have been made at this point.
According to York Regional Police, the items, which ranged from handbags, clothing and cell phone accessories, were collected during the execution of search warrants at seven retailers at the mall on June 27.
Police also executed a search warrant at the residence of an owner one of the kiosks, and a quantity of merchandise believed to be counterfeit was seized, along with a quantity of cash.
In late August, investigators travelled to New York City to meet with brand representatives from companies such as Adidas, Chanel, MCM, Supreme, Dior, Givenchy and Cartier among others.
Police said investigators brought more than 200 samples of products seized, along with photographs of additional goods, which were analyzed and determined to be counterfeit.
Police say the investigation is still ongoing and anyone with information is asked to contact the Financial Crimes Unit at 1-866-876-5423, ext. 6612, call Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-TIPS, or leave an anonymous tip online.
In January, the Markham shopping centre was listed by the Office of the US Trade Representative as one of 18 brick-and-mortar locations and 25 online retailers that qualify as one of the world’s so-called “notorious markets.”