A joint operation of the City Police and the Buenos Aires Public Prosecutor’s Office managed to arrest, after 11 raids, to a band of 5 people who had a production of 50 thousand chinstraps that pretended to be the Atom Protect masks produced by Conicet. In addition to the trout chinstraps, valued at 30 million pesos, machinery and raw materials were seized during the operation.
The raid also found seven weapons and more than a thousand ammunition, “which gives story that it was a criminal organization”, sentenced Marcelo D’Allesandro, Secretary of Justice and Security of the City of Buenos Aires.
The illegal business was traced as of cyberpatrol from the Specialized Fiscal Unit in Environmental Matters, from a post on Twitter by a company that sold apocryphal chinstraps. This clue allowed us to find the 11 points where the trout masks were produced and marketed.
The chinstrap band made, collected, distributed and sold the falsified versions of the recognized mask, for which the detainees were charged with infringing the articles of crimes against health) and fraud against the Public Administration of the Penal Code and Law 22,362 of adulterated copies.
“The businesses that were raided that functioned as a station have been closed and there are other identified persons who will depend on the ongoing investigation,” added sources from the investigation.
After knowing the news, the Kovi company, which produces the chinstraps together with Conicet, recalled that to ensure they are the true products They must be purchased in accredited drugstores and pharmacies or through the official website atomprotect.com. “Never buy through social networks or channels of dubious origin,” they requested.
“The difference is that the fabric of the original chinstrap is more primed, has a rigid behavior and the packaging is a thick bag, with a very firm closure that makes it inviolable so that they cannot be opened, changed and closed again “, they added from the textile firm and summoned the people who detect a chinstrap apocryphal to denounce it.