69 F
Thursday, January 20, 2022

Cartoon stickers seized in dramatic copyright crackdown

Latest headlines

New benches at ancient archaeological site anger Izamal residents

Modern slab benches detract from an ancient ruin at Izamal, neighbors say. Photo: Courtesy Modern-looking benches installed at...

Being a good neighbor to Yucatán’s roof cats and street dogs

Illustration: Juan Pablo Quintal García Cats replaced people as my friends soon after quarantine 2020 began. 

What my rescue dogs taught me

I thought I knew a lot about dogs until I took in two rescues. I was wrong....

Bus full of construction workers catches fire in Mérida’s north

A bus went up in flames just before 8 this morning in Mérida’s Francisco de Montejo neighborhood.
Yucatán Magazine
Sign up to get our top headlines delivered to your inbox twice a week.

The Attorney General’s office displays evidence in a crackdown on counterfeit merchandise. Photo: Handout

Mérida, Yucatán — Militarized authorities in camouflage were in full force Wednesday, paralyzing part of the the Centro’s shopping district and alarming shoppers.

The object of their aggression: An arts and crafts store selling novelties labeled “Gorditos Yucatecos” and “Cabezones Yucatecos” in apparent copyright violation.

While 20 armed officers stood guard, authorities seized boxes of stickers and cutouts depicting allegedly counterfeited cartoon characters.

Federal police, aided by multiple agencies, seize allegedly bootleg cartoon novelties. Photo: Ron Allanach

Social media was ablaze with criticism against what many considered police overkill.

After a judge signed off on the raid, the operation was carried out by the Attorney General’s Office through the Criminal Investigation Agency with the support of the municipal, state and federal police, the Defense Department and the Marine Secretariat.

Allegedly counterfeit “Gorditos” cartoon novelties were seized from an arts and crafts store in the Centro. Photo: Handout

While the raid took place, online news sites and social media reported the dramatic series of events, some assuming something on the level of a narcotics case.

The Attorney General’s office later clarified the nature of the sting, sharing photos of the evidence: 483 cartoon wooden figures and 121 self-adhesive labels, also depicting the cartoon characters.

The store, El Nuevo Fenix on Calle 65, near Calle 58, is a a branch of a Mexico City-based chain that sells supplies for artists and crafters. They specialize in scrapbooking merchandise.

Five people from the store were detained by the attorney general’s office.

With information from a PGR press release

- Advertisement -

Subscribe Now!

More articles

600 acres expropriated in Quintana Roo for new Mayan Train route

Mexico has seized 198 lots of land in Quintana Roo along phase 5 of the Mayan Train's path.

Omicron strain now dominant in Yucatán

The Omicron variant of COVID-19 now appears to be the most common form of the virus in Yucatán.

Exploring Tazumal and Casa Blanca in Western El Salvador

Though part of the Mayan world, archaeological sites in El Salvador have largely remained unvisited by all but the most avid adventurers. But this tiny country boasts several interesting sites full of unique features and blends of cultural traditions. 

Mérida slated to build nearly 100 new highrise towers

Housing and business developments in Mérida have historically been fairly “close to the ground,” but that seems to be changing.

Yucatán’s COVID hospitalizations begin to creep up

Over 3,000 new coronavirus infections were reported this week in Yucatán. On Sunday alone, 652 new cases were detected, and that's likely...

‘Angels’ spreads its wings to the Yucatán Country Club gallery

The "Angels" exhibit has expanded into the exclusive Yucatán Country Club gallery, on view by appointment. Photo: Courtesy

Yucatán wakes up to a cold and windy ‘Mukul’

Mark Callum, a Mérida resident originally from England, helped this Chevy's owner move a huge branch behind the Paseo de Montejo...

Mérida Fest to go forward despite COVID-19 surge

The Ayuntamiento has confirmed that in-person events scheduled for Mérida Fest 2022 will continue as planned.

Building in Yucatán to get even more expensive in 2022

Over the past several years, construction costs in Yucatán have risen sharply and all signs point to even higher prices in 2022..

Yucatán’s top 8 street junk food favorites

Walking through virtually any city or town in Yucatán a wide range of food vendors can be seen peddling goodies out of push carts, mobile stands, food trucks, and just about every other configuration you can think of.