Homeland Security Confiscates $700K In Counterfeits

December 17, 2010 § Leave a comment

The Department of Homeland Security has made great strides against the counterfeit industry this month. In two raids alone, they confiscated over $700K in counterfeit merchandise.

In Milwaukee, Customs & Border Protection (CBP) officers seized over $400K in counterfeit goods. Working with the CDP, DHL and FedEx facilities made over 80 seizures of goods including fake NFL jerseys, footwear, Tiffany jewelry and DVDs.

“These seizures represent the commitment by CBP in protecting the American consumer from receiving fraudulent, inferior and in many cases potentially dangerous products.” said David Murphy, CBP director of field operations in Chicago.

In New Orleans, over $250K was seized by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) at a flea market. 16,171 pieces of counterfeit merchandise were confiscated including fake Nike, Polo Ralph Lauren, Oakley, Ray Ban, Coach, Chanel, Gucci, DVDs and CDs. ICE also found 3 DVD burners with the culprits and an additional 4,572 pieces of counterfeit merchandise worth $59,000 that were abandoned during the operation.

(Image taken from ICE Press Release)

ICE is the largest division of the Department of Homeland Security that leads the U.S. in the fight against counterfeits. They work to target criminal organizations that smuggle, manufacture, and distribute counterfeit goods and we are eager to see what programs and technologies they will use to further their quest to end counterfeiting.

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