$12.7 million worth of counterfeit Cialis pills, Louis Vuitton bags and Chanel sunglasses seized in port area of ​​Southern California – Silicon Valley


More than 47,000 counterfeit Cialis pills and 10,117 fake designer clothes and shoes – worth an estimated $12.7 million – have been seized in the Los Angeles-Long Beach port area, officials said. responsible on Monday, June 21.

The clothes bore Christian Dior, Versace, Gucci, Givenchy, Louis Vuitton, Chanel, Nike Air and Swoosh designs and were part of a shipment from China, said Jaime Ruiz, a spokesman for Customs and Privacy. American borders.

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

U.S. Border Protection agents 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 agents, along with U.S. Homeland Security investigators, seized more than $12.7 million worth of counterfeit Cialis pills and designer accessories in the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach. (Courtesy of US Customs and Border Protection)

  • U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents, along with U.S. Homeland Security investigators, seized more than $12.7 million worth of counterfeit Cialis pills and designer accessories in the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach. (Courtesy of US Customs and Border Protection)

  • U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents, along with U.S. Homeland Security investigators, seized more than $12.7 million worth of counterfeit Cialis pills and designer accessories in the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach. (Courtesy of US Customs and Border Protection)

  • U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents, along with U.S. Homeland Security investigators, seized more than $12.7 million worth of counterfeit Cialis pills and designer accessories in the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach. (Courtesy of US Customs and Border Protection)

  • U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents, along with U.S. Homeland Security investigators, seized more than $12.7 million worth of counterfeit Cialis pills and designer accessories in the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach. (Courtesy of US Customs and Border Protection)

Further details, including when the seizure took place and how officials were notified of the counterfeit items, were not disclosed. Nor if any arrests have been made.

“The trade in counterfeit and pirated goods threatens America’s innovation economy, business competitiveness, and in some cases national security and consumer health and safety,” Ruiz said in a statement.

These bogus products are made available on websites and sold in underground outlets, he said, and consumers are tricked into believing they are buying originals at discounted prices.

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

Nationwide in fiscal year 2020, Border Patrol agents helped seize more than 26,500 shipments containing counterfeit goods with an estimated total value of $1.3 billion, Ruiz said.

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