By  on June 27, 2007

NEW YORK — In one of the biggest counterfeit busts in years, a 19-month investigation reached its climax on Tuesday as federal officials conducted early-morning raids throughout the metropolitan area, arresting 29 people, seizing more than $230 million in merchandise and ultimately dismantling three operations believed to have imported more than $700 million in fake products over the last 24 months.

Raids conducted at warehouse facilities in Queens and Brooklyn turned up hundreds of thousands of pieces of counterfeit apparel and accessories bearing the logos of the fashion industry's most recognized brands, including Cartier, Coach, Gucci, Louis Vuitton, Rolex, Nike, Prada and Chanel.

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