By  on December 30, 2010

WASHINGTON — U.S. Immigration & Customs Enforcement said Wednesday it had seized $100,000 worth of counterfeit sportswear, apparel and other merchandise in Pittsburgh as part of a monthlong joint enforcement effort with Customs & Border Protection and the U.S. Postal Inspection Service.

ICE said agents seized fake National Hockey League and National Football League jerseys, hats and T-shirts, along with counterfeit Ugg boots and other brand name shoes, handbags and apparel. In all, 792 items were confiscated during the enforcement effort. ICE and CBP are both part of the Department of Homeland Security.

The initiative was aimed at netting fake NHL Winter Classic merchandise. Pittsburgh is scheduled to host the NHL Winter Classic, an annual event in which regular season hockey games are held outside, on New Year’s Day.

ICE special agents, CBP officers and Postal Service inspectors teamed up over the last month to scan the mail for counterfeit merchandise, the agencies said. Suspect items were detained for further investigation.

“Around every major sports event in this country, these unscrupulous entrepreneurs take advantage of fan fever to sell the whole range of products bearing the trademark and names of the teams involved,” said John Kelleghan, ICE Homeland Security Investigations agent in charge of the Philadelphia office.

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