Italian police reportedly seized over 320,000 counterfeit handbags and accessories on Tuesday in Vicenza, a city in northern Italy. Vicenza's Financial Crimes Police uncovered the goods, which bore fake Gucci and Prada trademarks, hidden in a secret cellar. They also uncovered a sweatshop, where they believe the counterfeit items were manufactured. In a similar effort, authorities in Bergamo (a city about 40 km northeast of Milan) shut down 15 websites posing as official retailers for Prada, Fendi, Armani, D&G, Louis Vuitton and Roberto Cavalli, among others.
These two busts are the latest in a crackdown that has led to the seizure of 64 million fake goods and 50 arrests of people "affiliated with criminal groups," the police said in a statement. Further, police reported: "The organisation was run by Italians, Romanians, Senegalese and Moroccans and production took place in Campania and Lombardy," the regions around Naples in the south and Milan in the north.