Project Pace bust nets $6.5M in counterfeit goods
TORONTO – A massive probe into the sale of counterfeit goods spanning Canada and the U.S. has ended with nearly two dozen arrests, more than 100 charges laid and millions of dollars of knock-offs seized, Toronto Police said Friday. The operation, dubbed Project PACE (Partners Against Counterfeiting Everywhere), was launched in August and targetted businesses in the GTA, South Simcoe and Windsor that were allegedly manufacturing and selling phoney goods, police said. “In most cases, consumers purchase a product in good faith, never imagining that an item is sub-standard and is in fact a fake that could possibly pose a serious health and safety risk to the unsuspecting user,” Staff-Supt. Jim Ramer said at police headquarters. Toronto Police decided to join together with an assortment of law enforcement agencies, including the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, and other partners to combat the sale of such products and raise consumer awareness, he said.