BUFFALO, N.Y. –U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Port of Buffalo report arrests and the seizure of fraudulent credit cards and counterfeit handbags.
“CBP Field Operations Officers and Specialists work diligently to protect the public. Whether it’s a narcotics seizure, intercepting counterfeit merchandise or finding fraudulent credit cards from stolen identities, their vigilance is exemplary,” said Mark MacVittie, acting port director for the Port of Buffalo.
At the Peace Bridge, the search of two separate commercial shipments resulted in the discovery of 38 handbags that appeared to be counterfeit. Further research by CBP Import Specialists confirmed that the 38 handbags were counterfeit. The handbags were seized for intellectual property rights violations. Counterfeit logos included Michael Kors, Louis Vuitton, Gucci and Chanel.
At the Lewiston Bridge, the search of a vehicle driven by a 54-year old U.S. citizen male accompanied by a 24-year old U.S. citizen female resulted in the discovery of 12 bank cards and 12 driver’s licenses bearing different names. Further investigation revealed that the bank cards were embedded with different information than what was printed on the cards. The bank cards and licenses were seized, and both subjects were arrested and turned over to the New York State Police.
CBP seizes $3.4 million worth of products every day that violate trademark holders’ intellectual property rights. Seizures of counterfeit merchandise protect the U.S economy. With the holiday’s approaching CBP urges consumers to look for the signs of counterfeit products such as prices that are too low and inferior quality.
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U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control and protection of our nation's borders at and between the official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.