An eight-month counterfeiting investigation culminated in raids on four Long Island locations Thursday, yielding a trove of apparel and accessories.
New York State Police and Suffolk County Police raided three commercial locations and one residence and started confiscating what private investigators involved in the case estimated will be more than $750,000 in fake merchandise. Police did not return calls for comment.
A warehouse at 195 Central Avenue in Farmingdale, N.Y., was a primary facility, housing fakes bearing the labels of Nike, Chanel, Coach, Prada, Gucci, Burberry, Dior, Ed Hardy, True Religion, Lacoste, The North Face, Baby Phat, Bathing Ape, Polo and Tiffany, among others.
Kevin Dougherty, president of private investigations firm Counter-Tech Investigations Inc., which was involved in the probe, said at least $150,000 in Nike product had been uncovered. Although finding names such as Nike, Gucci and Polo are commonplace during raids, Dougherty said this was one of the first in the area that had turned up a significant amount of Ed Hardy-branded apparel.
This is the third major raid in the New York City area within the last two months. In February, Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s Office of Special Enforcement and the Police Department raided a collection of Chinatown buildings occupying a city block that was operating as a virtual mall for counterfeit goods. More than $1 million in fake accessories and fragrances was seized and the building was shuttered.
Last week, an NYPD raid of a warehouse in Queens resulted in what Dougherty said was likely one of the largest single-location busts in history. More than 75,000 handbags, 75,000 pairs of Nike shoes and 10,000 Bathing Ape two-piece jogging suits were confiscated, requiring 14 tractor trailers to haul it all away.