Police and trademark investigation services officers seized their biggest haul of fake international brands of clothing so far this year at Parklea Markets on Sunday.
Quakers Hill police crime manager Brett Guyatte said a 39-year-old Guildford man and two women are assisting with the investigation.
Officers seized tens of thousands of dollars worth of alleged counterfeit goods during a series of raids over the past two days, including the one at Parklea Markets.
Watch a video of the operation, supplied by Police Media, below:
Assisted by personnel from Trademark Investigation Services, police have identified and seized dozens of boxes, containing counterfeit merchandise from a variety of brands including Adidas, Apple, Chanel and Samsung.
The items were seized during search warrants at five different locations throughout Sydney’s north-west over the past two days, Sunday, March 10 and Monday, March 11.
About 9am yesterday, Sunday, March 10, officers executed a search warrant at a stall in a marketplace at Parklea before following up with search warrants at private residences on Donnelly Street, Guildford, and Gibbs Street, Auburn.
At all three locations, police seized thousands of dollars in counterfeit goods, including fake handbags, shoes and clothing.
About 9am on Monday, March 11, police executed a search warrant at a stall in a shopping centre in Stanhope Gardens, before attending a warehouse on Berry Street, Granville, where another search warrant was undertaken.
From both the stall and the warehouse, police seized thousands of fake mobile phone and tablet accessories.
Police are still examining boxes of goods at the warehouse in Granville and will not have a final indication of the total value of seized items until later today.
The goods are currently being inspected for authenticity by personnel from Trademark Investigation Services.
Inquiries are continuing and a number of people are expected to be charged.
Inspector Adel Attala from Quakers Hill police said they would continue to target businesses involved in the importation and sale of counterfeit goods.
“The seizures we have completed today and yesterday will be followed by more in the months ahead,” Inspector Attala said.
“The counterfeit goods trade robs unknowing consumers and legitimate businesses of their hard earned incomes and profits.
“We’re committed to getting fake products out of local marketplaces and will be working hard to catch and prosecute more counterfeit goods traders in the very near future.”
And in other police news:
A Seven Hills man was charged with three offences after being arrested for firing several shots from a shortened firearm on Saturday.
The man, 40, was charged with illegal possession of a shortened firearm, possession of ammunition without permit and firing a firearm in a manner likely to injure a person or persons at 5am.
Police went to the man’s home after receiving a report of shots being fired.
The man will appear before Blacktown Local Court on April 11.
Pizza man attacked
A pizza delivery driver was assaulted at Doonside last Tuesday.
Police said the victim, 17, was driving along Graham Street when a small silver car overtook his car at 8pm.
He had to brake to avoid a collision.
One of the people from the other car got out and punched him several times in the face before running back to the silver car which drove away.
The offender is described as a Caucasian man, 178centimetres tall and about 85 kilograms.
Three caught shoplifting
Three women were arrested for shoplifting in Blacktown on Friday.
Police said a security guard stopped them from leaving and called the police at 3.15pm.
The women, aged 25, 19 and 26, took several pieces of clothing which they put into the bag and left without paying.
The three were charged with shoplifting while the 25-year-old was also charged with breaching her bail order.
They were also issued with orders which banned them from entering the store until 2015.
The trio will appear at Mt Druitt Local Court on April 18.
Police have arrested a youth, 17, who assaulted a man after failing to steal his mobile phone in Blacktown on Saturday.
Police said the man, 58, was working at a shopping centre at about 10pm when the youth asked him for the time.
When the man removed his mobile phone to check the time the youth tried to grab it.
When he failed to get the phone he punched the man in the face and broke his glasses.
Police were called and subsequently arrested him in the shopping centre.
Street racing pair
Two P-plate car drivers were arrested for street racing in Blacktown on Sunday.
Traffic police were patrolling the Great Western Highway at Eastern Creek when they saw two cars at the intersection of Rooty Hill Road South and the Great Western Highway at 3.05am which then sped off at the traffic lights.
The two drivers were detained and issued with notices for taking part in street race, driving in a dangerous manner and driving 45km/h over the limit.
They will appear at Blacktown Local Court on March 27.
Police arrested a motorist for colliding with a fence and another car while under the influence of alcohol in Blacktown on Sunday.
The driver, 21, was detained after his car knocked down a fence and collided with a parked car at Flushcombe Road at 1.35am.
The man was breath-tested and recorded a positive reading.
He was arrested and taken to Blacktown police station where he underwent a breath analysis which returned a high alcohol range reading of 0.164.
The man was also charged with reckless and negligent driving and will appear at Blacktown Local court on April 2.
A Marayong man was arrested for producing a fake doctor’s certificate and failing to report to Blacktown police while on bail on Saturday.
The man, 35, was detained after police found he had altered the date of the medical certificate.
On searching him police found he had a prescribed restricted drug substance not prescribed to him.
He was charged with a breach of bail order, making false document, producing a false document to breach his bail order and possession of prescribed restricted substance which doesn’t belong to him.
He will appear before the Blacktown Local Court on March 27.
Several telephone lines linking Penrith to Parramatta have been severed by vandals causing a loss of phone services over the last few weeks.
Police said the vandals entered the area’s telecommunication underground pits.
Residents should call the police on 96719199 if they see people entering the pits who aren’t telecommunications workers.