It was reported by the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), the U.S. Immigration Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations in Conjunction with the L.A.P.D.’s Commercial Crimes Division, Illicit Pharmaceutical and Counterfeit Unit that a smuggling operation at the Los Angeles/Long Beach Seaport has just been busted.
Sources report that law enforcement seized 3 cargo shipment containers coming from China that was loaded with various counterfeit goods. The bust included more than 1 million headphones, belts, erectile dysfunction pills, purses and footwear that violate recorded trademarks. The CBP stated that if these seized items were real they would be carrying an estimated sales price of $32,161,194 USD.
Standout counterfeit items found in the shipment were, Beats studio headphones, Ben & Jerry’s x Nike SB Dunk Low “Chunky Dunky” & fake Dior x Air Jordan 1’s.
The Los Angeles Director of Field Operations for the CBP, Carlos C. Martel had this to say: “Criminals are exploiting e-commerce platforms to sell counterfeit and often dangerous goods to unwitting holiday shoppers,” he continued. “CBP’s strategic partnership with HSI and LAPD’s IPCU is critical in disrupting the transnational criminal organizations behind these smuggling operations.”
Special Agent David A. Prince, who is in charge of the L.A. Homeland Security Investigations followed up with: “Commercial piracy and product counterfeiting undermine the U.S. economy, rob Americans of jobs, stifle American innovation and promote other types of crimes,” he said. “Intellectual property theft amounts to economic sabotage, which is why HSI will aggressively pursue product counterfeiters and those who sell counterfeit products.”
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