LAPD’s Commercial Crimes Division has received an award from Rolex for continued excellence in tackling intellectual property crimes in California.
A special plaque has been presented that thanks the force for “answering the call to protect all citizens from the dangers and exploitation associated with counterfeit goods and from those who harm not only public health and safety but impact legitimate local businesses and the economic engine of the region”.
Rolex has not commented on specifics of what action was taken by the LAPD to deserve the award, but there were a number of successful raids and prosecutions of individuals and gangs peddling fake watches in 2019.
Among them was the seizure in November of fake jewelry and watches worth $15 million in the jewelry district of Downtown LA during a multi-agency undercover operation and the arrest of Moossa Lari, who was described by police as a “major distributor of counterfeit jewelry nationwide.”
LAPD said officers recovered fake watches and jewelry branded as Hermes, Gucci, Chanel, Louis Vuitton, Rolex, Michael Kors, Cartier, Tiffany Co., YSL, Dior, Calvin Klein, Guess, Van Cleef and Bvlgari in a sting involving the FBI, Customs and Border Protection and Homeland Security Investigations.
Lillian Carranza, police captain of the Commercial Crimes Division, took to social media to thank her team, posting: “Your CCD Intellectual Property Crimes Unit was recognized for their commitment to duty by Rolex while providing training to some of our law enforcement partners! Congratulations !!!”