By  on May 3, 2012

WASHINGTON — Federal authorities said Thursday they made the largest counterfeit bust ever at a flea market late last month, netting 220,000 fake apparel, shoes, jewelry, handbags, cosmetics and other items with an estimated retail value of $47 million.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement said they executed a federal search warrant on April 22 at the Patapsco Flea Market in Baltimore, the culmination of a two-and-a-half-year investigation. Over the course of several days, authorities, with the help of some trademark holders, snagged tens of thousands of well-known fashion brands, including Louis Vuitton, Estée Lauder, Gucci, Coach, Kate Spade, Nike, Dolce & Gabbana, Ralph Lauren Polo, Lacoste, The North Face, Chanel, Tiffany, Under Armour and Timberland.

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