Gardai seize 15,000 pairs of fake Uggs in €1.5m haul
GARDAI seized 15,000 pairs of fake designer boots, smashing a multi-million euro black market smuggling ring.
The footwear, mostly counterfeit versions of the Australian designer label Ugg, has an estimated street value of over €1.5m.
The goods were seized when gardai raided an industrial storage unit on Cork's northside.
Gardai suspect the shoes were manufactured in South East Asia. They were destined for distribution at markets and car boot sales across the south, it is believed.
Ugg boots, commonly know as "Uggs", are famous for their furry trim and retail for about €200 a pair.
The industrial unit, located in Hollyhill, was searched following the receipt of intelligence about the storage and distribution of fake designer goods in the south Munster area.
Detectives arrested two men at the scene and brought them to Gurranabraher garda station for questioning.
The two men, one in his 30s and the other in his 50s, are from the Cork area.
The goods have been removed to a secure garda storage area for analysis as to their possible origin. Gardai stressed that their investigation is ongoing and further arrests may be carried out.
The seizure is the second major breakthrough by gardai in the Munster region against black market gangs. Last December gardai seized an estimated €250,000 worth of fake designer goods including handbags, shoes and jackets during a raid on a premises outside Midleton in east Cork.