Above photo of a seizure of 30 master cases of counterfeit HERMES handbags.





Here at California Protective Services, we have a time-tested track record of successful field and internet investigations of counterfeit and contraband.


Illicit goods such as tobacco & alcohol are often poor quality and therefore pose a risk to public health. Enforcement operations in the field aim to remove such products from circulation.


At the same time, a clear link can be drawn between trafficking in illicit goods and organized crime, which makes enforcement operations of this nature of utmost importance. Not only is there the vital question of protecting public safety, but also of dismantling those illegal networks that are connected to other serious forms of crime.


Representatives from a variety of agencies and sectors – police and customs officers, prosecutors, investigative experts – are encouraged to attend our training courses and workshops in advance of the operational activity. Our hands-on workshops equip participants with the knowledge they need, for raids and follow-up investigations in particular, enabling them to better distinguish fake products from genuine ones.


Artwork Sector

The theft of cultural objects affects developed and developing countries alike. The illicit traffic in cultural heritage is a transnational crime that affects the countries of origin, transit and final destination.


The illicit trade in works of art is sustained by the demand from the arts market, the opening of borders, the improvement in transport systems and the political instability of certain countries.


In Brand Enforcement, we are working to raise awareness of the problem among the relevant organizations and law enforcement. We encourage not only police, but also art and antiques dealers and owners of works of art to play an active role in the exchange of information.


This combined action will strengthen our efforts to curb the erosion of our cultural heritage.


Pharmaceuticals Sector

Pharmaceutical crime involves the manufacture, trade and distribution of fake, stolen, or illicit medicines and medical devices. It encompasses the counterfeiting and falsification of medical products, their packaging and associated documentation, as well as theft, fraud, illicit diversion, smuggling, trafficking, the illegal trade of medical products, and the money laundering associated with it. 


We are seeing a significant increase in the manufacture, trade and distribution of counterfeit, stolen, and illicit medicines and medical devices. Patients across the world put their health, even life, at risk by unknowingly consuming fake drugs or genuine drugs that have been doctored, badly stored or that have expired.


Illicit drugs can contain the wrong dose of active ingredient, or none at all, or a different ingredient. They are associated with a number of ?dangers and at worst can result in heart attack, coma, or death.


The fight against counterfeit medicines is crucial in order to ensure the quality of products in circulation and to protect public health on a global scale.


Textiles and Personal Goods Sector

Counterfeit textiles and apparel products have been particularly burdensome to U.S. textile and apparel companies and have been reported to affect U.S. textile sales in China, in the U.S., and in third country markets. The suppression of counterfeit textiles and apparel is often times the source of financing for larger smuggling operations.


Electronics Sector

The increasing prevalence of counterfeit electronics has been compounded by the rise in Internet trade, where they can be bought easily, cheaply, and without risk of seizure. It is impossible to quantify the extent of the problem, but in some areas of the US counterfeit electronic goods can form up to 30% of the market.


We are partners with a global firm called Brand Enforcement Agency. We are contracted by Brand Enforcement for all of California.