Pacific Mall in Markham is one of the GTA’s crown jewels for finding cheap, often knock-off, electronics, clothing, and cellphone accessories. You may want to hold off on your next planned visit to the shopping centre, though. York Region police executed raids on the mall Wednesday, seizing thousands of suspected counterfeit goods.
Great, now where are we supposed to find fake Yeezys, classic video game emulators, and various other discounted goods?
Police say no charges have been laid at this time, but the investigation continues, including search warrants pegged for related warehouses.
“This started out with increased calls with concerns from members of our community. We heard from community members who were aware of this activity and who had concerns about it and we also heard from manufacturers, people who produce legitimate goods who had some concerns about what is going on here,” York Regional Police Const. Laura Nicolle told CTV News Toronto earlier in the day. “It is part of an ongoing investigation and it is going to continue. We will have to see what we seize and go from there.”
Pacific Mall retailers could face fines up to $1,000,000 and up to five years in prison under the Copyright Act.
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