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£40,000 seized from market trader

Police have seized almost £40,000 from a former trader at Glasgow's Barras market after discovering he ran a major operation in counterfeit DVDs and CDs.

David Cairns, 58, was arrested after a tip off about the goods he was selling at the site in February 2010.

Tests carried out confirmed that the goods being sold in the shop were illegal counterfeit discs.

Police than gained a search warrant at a shop Cairns ran at his home in Maryhill, Glasgow.

Inside police officers found what they described as a "large-scale operation" geared towards the manufacture and distribution of counterfeit DVDs and CDs. A "significant" quantity of counterfeit goods were also recovered from the shop.

Interviewed under caution, Cairns admitted to the manufacture, sale and distribution of counterfeit goods. Last year he pleaded guilty at Glasgow Sheriff Court to breaching the Copyright, Design and Patents Act 1988 and was fined £3000.

Yesterday, police returned to court to obtain a confiscation order against Cairns for £38,333.

Lindsey Miller, Head of the Serious and Organised Crime Division (SOCD), said: "David Cairns was found to be operating a counterfeiting factory in his home in Glasgow.

"Counterfeiting undermines legitimate businesses, robs the country of tax revenue, and can help to fund organised crime.

"Our financial investigators found that Cairns had illegally profited by £55,000 from his illegal business, and today we have secured a confiscation for the full amount of that sum that is available to us.

"It is important to note that if any other cash or assets come to light in the future, the Crown can ask the court to recalculate the confiscation order up to the total amount of the benefit recorded."

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