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$6.5M Seized in Counterfeit Goods in Puerto Rico

By on July 8, 2016

SAN JUAN — Special agents with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) seized $6.5 million in counterfeit merchandise Wednesday in Old San Juan with assistance from U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and the U.S. Postal Inspection Service.

HSI special agents and law enforcement officers targeted 14 retailers of counterfeit goods.

HSI special agents and law enforcement officers targeted 14 retailers of counterfeit goods.

During the operation, HSI special agents and partner law enforcement officers targeted 14 retailers of counterfeit goods infringing on the trademarks of Gucci, Michael Kors, Prada, Channel, Ray Ban, Coach, Dolce & Gabbana, Oakley, Nike, Ray Ban and the National Basketball Association. They also executed five search warrants. The total manufacturer’s suggested retail value (MSRP) of the seized goods is approximately $6.5 million. First time offenders of violating intellectual property laws were served with a notification of a violation of law. In the case of reoffenders, HSI will present their cases for prosecution.

“Stealing intellectual property is not a victimless crime,” said Ricardo Mayoral, special agent in charge of HSI San Juan. “The bottom line is counterfeit and pirated goods steal revenue from legitimate businesses and shortchange buyers who think they’re getting the real deal. Those involved in intellectual property rights violations should take note that we are actively looking for contraband on a daily basis and counterfeit goods will be seized and violators prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.”

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