WASHINGTON — U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials said Friday they recently seized 1,100 pieces of counterfeit designer jewelry worth an estimated $562,700.
Customs officials seized the jewelry at the port in Louisville, Ky., and posted photos of gold chains and pendants bearing Chanel logos.
“CBP is committed to enforcing trade laws at our ports of entry, protect our nation’s revenue and identifying individuals who brazenly attempt to import counterfeit merchandise into the United States,” said Marc Hurteau, area port director.
The seizure was part of the operations for the Port of Cleveland and involved Customs officials and import specialists assigned to the express-consignment operations in Louisville, which processes more than 40,000 parcels per night and has made numerous seizures, including counterfeit merchandise, checks, drugs, monetary instruments and fraudulent documents.
Authorities said they seized $12 million as part of “Operation Super Fake” in January, marking the largest seizure ever for the area.