At 12 PM yesterday, a squad of about thirty Toronto police officers busted into Pacific Mall outside of Toronto and seized thousands of counterfeit items, from clothes to iPhone accessories. Pacific Mall is one of the largest Asian shopping centres in Canada, with over 500 stores and 100 market vendors.
The raid was part of a months-long investigation into the counterfeit merchandise scene at Pacific Mall, after the U.S. Office of the Trade Representative included the mall on a list of "notorious markets" for counterfeit goods.
Retailers of counterfeit items may be subject to criminal charges in Canada, punishable by $1 million in fines or five years in prison.
Photos and videos of the raid show cops shutting down stores with caution tape, searching racks of clothing, and walking out with boxes and boxes of items.
Here are some of the most intense moments from yesterday's raid, captured by witnesses and media at the scene.
Police removing boxes of items from one of the 7 stores targeted by raids at Markham’s Pacific Mall as part of ‘Project Knock Off’. Investigators taking counterfeit goods. pic.twitter.com/u0YkulTTeM— Kyle Hocking (@Hock680NEWS) June 27, 2018
Investigators are currently executing search warrants at various retailers located in Pacific Mall in Markham as part of an investigation into counterfeit goods. pic.twitter.com/DC1bnwsykU— York Regional Police (@YRP) June 27, 2018
The first four stores raided by York Regional Police as part of ‘Project Knock Off’ targeting counterfeit goods at Pacific Mall in Markham. pic.twitter.com/YYaoq4PHKc— Kyle Hocking (@Hock680NEWS) June 27, 2018