Counterfeit goods website taken down | Four arrested | Joint operation across Herts, Beds and Bucks

An intelligence led operation targeting a website (www.xv99.com) that was selling counterfeit films, TV programmes, games, music and software by post in the UK has resulted in raids on six addresses and the arrests of four people in Milton Keynes, Bedford and Hertford.

The operation, codenamed Troy, took place on Tuesday (14th July) and brought together the resources of Trading Standards and Police officers from Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire, Milton Keynes and Thames Valley as well as industry bodies FACT, BPI and ELSPA, representing the film/ TV, music and games industries respectively.

FACT’s Internet Investigations and Intelligence teams had been monitoring the website and indentified individuals and addresses believed to be connected with the running of the site and the sale and distribution of the counterfeit product.

A huge quantity of equipment and discs were seized from the houses raided as well as from a secure rented storage facility.

Total seizures:
180 burning trays
40k burnt DVD-Rs
Over 60k blank discs
Several PCs and printers and a large quantity envelopes and packaging materials

One female was arrested in Luton and another in Bedford. A male and a female were arrested at an address in Milton Keynes. All have been bailed until October pending further investigations.

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