Thursday 27 October 2016

Large amount of counterfeit bin bags seized during Garda raid

Cian Murray

Published 27/09/2016 | 17:01

Gardaí found a range of goods
Gardaí found a range of goods

Gardaí have uncovered a counterfeit operation in South Dublin, which included a large quantity of fake refuse bags.

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Gardaí discovered the goods during a raid at Greenogue Industrial Estate in Rathcoole.

During the September 15 search, Gardaí discovered clothing, footwear, perfume and cosmetics. They also found a large amount of counterfeit Greyhound Recycling household refuse bags.

Greyhound Recycling use their bags as part of an inner city refuse collection system, where they collect their own branded bags.

There are several different types of bags, which range in value from approximately €1.50 to €4 per bag.

A spokesperson from Greyhound estimated the value of the seizure to be in the region of €350,000.

The spokesperson said: "We estimated the value of the seizure to be around €350,000. The goods were seized as part of a large operation in the area."

Greyhound Recycling Managing Director, John Brosnan congratulated the Gardaí on the operation.

He said: "We have long suspected that organised criminals are involved in the sale of counterfeit bin bags. This is not just about lost revenue for Greyhound or any other bin collection company.

"It has contributed to a large scale litter and environmental problem on inner city streets."

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