WASHINGTON — U.S. Customs & Border Protection officials said Tuesday they had made another bust involving counterfeit National Football League Super Bowl team jerseys worth $3.4 million.
CBP said they seized the fake merchandise at the express consignment hubs of DHL in Cincinnati and UPS in Louisville, Ky.
“CBP officers at the DHL and UPS express consignment facilities have seized more than 60,000 counterfeit items over the past nine days during this intellectual property enforcement operation,” said William A. Ferrara, CBP acting director of field operations in Chicago. “This counterfeit merchandise hurts consumers by being substandard, and it hurts the U.S. economy as well. Also, federal investigations have shown that some of these counterfeiting organizations are linked to other criminal enterprises.”
The seizures followed on the heels of a record-breaking $13.6 million bust conducted by a multiagency team before the Super Bowl last Sunday, in which federal officials also arrested 23 people and seized 313 Web sites during a four-month nationwide investigation. That initiative, dubbed “Operation Red Zone,” began on Sept. 1 and will end on Wednesday.