SAN SALVADOR – El Salvador seized contraband, such as cigarettes, clothing, medicines and dairy products, and pirated goods worth nearly $30 million in 2010, the National Civilian Police, or PNC, said.
A total of 442 people, including 151 foreigners, were arrested in operations targeting the smuggling of tobacco products, liquor, clothing and food, especially beans and dairy products, the PNC said.
Last year “ended with pretty positive figures, but they are still not satisfactory,” PNC Finance Division chief Romero Americo Pereira said.
Ten facilities used to manufacture pirated CDs and DVDs were dismantled last year by the PNC, which seized nearly 15,000 pornographic DVDs worth $29,000.
A total of 43 people were arrested in connection with the sale of pirated videos, the PNC said.
A recent poll found that 67.3 percent of Salvadorans own equipment to watch movies and 50.6 percent of respondents admitted to purchasing movies from street vendors.
A total of 141,000 CDs and DVDs worth $283,000 were seized in 2010, the PNC said. EFE