Counterfeit Operations Becoming Increasingly Sophisticated

February 9, 2011 § Leave a comment

A recent raid in Los Angeles this month by the L.A. Port Police led to a seizure of over $10 million in Apple Inc. products. Through deep investigation, authorities unveiled the sophisticated warehouse operation. Chief of the L.A. Port Police force told the Los Angeles Times this week, “This was a well-funded operation, and the counterfeits looked very authentic.” The goods were shipped from Asia and arrived to the United States in parts then assembled here and labeled appropriately.

(Image taken from LA Times article)

The Los Angeles Times stated that the Port of Los Angeles and the neighboring Port of Long Beach make up the nation’s busiest harbor for trade with Asia. This is where law enforcement works the hardest to stop counterfeits from entering the country. This particular investigation not only involved L.A. Port Police, but the Department of Homeland Security and Border Enforcement Security Task Force as well. We have said many times that counterfeiters are getting smarter at their criminal business. It is taking multiple government agencies to crack down on more sophisticated, well thought out operations such as this one.

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