€500,000 of counterfeit auto parts seized

€500,000 worth of counterfeit car parts in have been seized in County Monaghan.

Some of the auto parts haul seized. Picture: Garda Press Office

Gardaí attached to Carrickmacross Garda District assisted by an intellectual property brand protection agency, searched a premises at Drumgoose, following the search of a premises in Castleblayney, as part of an investigation into the importation and sale of counterfeit car parts in the State.

As a result of the search operation, an estimated €500,000 worth of car parts were seized, consisting mainly of Toyota Landcruiser bullbars, tail lights, mud flaps, and body panels, all bearing Toyota trademarked logos.

The items recovered will be examined by experts to try and identify where they originated.

No arrests were made during the search and investigations are ongoing.