Gardaí are conducting 14 individual investigations relating to sale of counterfeit and copyrighted goods in Mayo and across Ireland.

The investigations were undertaken in Mayo, Dublin, Waterford, Tipperary and Laois.

In total, 6,340 suspected counterfeit or copyrighted items/materials were seized by An Garda Síochána.

The nature of products seized, included, suspected counterfeit computer batteries and accessories, phone parts and accessories, various types of clothing including sportswear and footwear, and illicit set top boxes.

Investigation files are being prepared for submission to the Director of Public Prosecutions for consideration, relating to suspected breaches of Copyright and Trademark laws.

The aforementioned investigations resulted, in particular, in the seizure of 4,000 illicit set top boxes in three particular searches undertaken in the midlands and Dublin.

Two of the searches targeted wholesale level distributers.

In the course of the operation, the input coordinated through GNBCI resulted in a total of 4,200 websites selling copyrighted materials across the European Union and beyond being identified.

The searches were conducted as part of Operation Aphrodite, which is a Europe-wide operation, coordinated through Europol.

Ireland and Italy lead out in the undertaking by over twenty European countries of operational activity associated with Operation Aphrodite, targeting intellectual property rights infringement.

The Garda National Bureau of Criminal Investigations operated as the national contact point for relevant investigations.

Evidence packs were developed and then forwarded to local Gardaí for investigation.

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