Los Angeles - U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Los Angeles/Long Beach Seaport discovered merchandise which led to a joint operation between U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents and Los Angeles Police Department detectives, who on Aug. 17, seized counterfeit "True Religion" jeans with a manufacturer's suggested retail value of more than $6.2 million.
"By partnering with industry and other government agencies such as ICE and LAPD, all enforcement efforts are mutually enhanced in the combat of cross-border trade in counterfeit and pirated goods. Joint cooperation in such working relationships accomplishes large success," said Carlos Martel, CBP acting director of field operations in Los Angeles.
The theft of intellectual property and the trade in counterfeit and pirated goods threatens America's innovation based economy, the competitiveness of the nation's businesses, the livelihoods of U.S. workers, and, in some cases, national security and the health and safety of American consumers.
CBP's strategic approach to this enforcement is multi-layered and includes seizing fake goods at the nation's borders, pushing the border outward through audits of infringing importers and cooperation with international trading partners, and partnering with industry and other government agencies to enhance these efforts.
CBP is on the frontline of intellectual property rights enforcement, and stopping the flow of fake goods is one of CBP's priority trade issues.
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.