$ 12.7 million in counterfeit Cialis pills, Louis Vuitton bags and Chanel sunglasses seized from Southern California port area – East Bay Times



More than 47,000 counterfeit Cialis pills and 10,117 fake designer clothes and shoes – valued at more than $ 12.7 million – were seized in the Los Angeles-Long Beach port area, reports said. managers Monday June 21.

The clothes were designed by Christian Dior, Versace, Gucci, Givenchy, Louis Vuitton, Chanel, Nike Air and Swoosh and were part of a shipment from China, said Jaime Ruiz, spokesperson for US Customs and Protection. borders.

Transportation included handbags, shoes and sunglasses. The estimated value of the merchandise is based on manufacturers’ suggested retail prices, Ruiz said.

U.S. border protection officers and homeland security investigators seized the items and turned them over to the Los Angeles Police Department for further investigation, Ruiz said.

  • U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials, as well as U.S. Homeland Security investigators, seized more than $ 12.7 million worth of counterfeit branded Cialis pills and accessories in the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach. (Courtesy of U.S. Customs and Border Protection)

  • U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials, as well as U.S. Homeland Security investigators, seized more than $ 12.7 million worth of counterfeit branded Cialis pills and accessories in the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach. (Courtesy of U.S. Customs and Border Protection)

  • U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials, as well as U.S. Homeland Security investigators, seized more than $ 12.7 million worth of counterfeit branded Cialis pills and accessories in the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach. (Courtesy of U.S. Customs and Border Protection)

  • U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials, as well as U.S. Homeland Security investigators, seized more than $ 12.7 million worth of counterfeit branded Cialis pills and accessories in the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach. (Courtesy of U.S. Customs and Border Protection)

  • U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials, as well as U.S. Homeland Security investigators, seized more than $ 12.7 million worth of counterfeit branded Cialis pills and accessories in the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach. (Courtesy of U.S. Customs and Border Protection)

Other details, including when the seizure took place and how officials were made aware of the counterfeit items, were not disclosed. Neither was if any arrests were made.

“The trade in counterfeit and pirated products threatens the US economy with innovation, the competitiveness of businesses and, in some cases, national security and the health and safety of consumers,” Ruiz said in a statement.

Such counterfeit products are made available on websites and sold in underground stores, he said, and consumers are tricked into thinking that they are buying originals at discounted prices.

Officials have recommended that consumers buy products directly from the brand owner or authorized dealers and read the seller’s reviews and consider that if the price seems too good to be true, it probably is.

Across the country in fiscal 2020, border patrol agents helped seize more than 26,500 shipments containing counterfeit goods with a total estimated value of $ 1.3 billion, Ruiz said.


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