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CBP, ICE, LAPD Joint Operation Yields $6.2 Million in Counterfeit Jeans

Release Date: 
August 20, 2010

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.

Counterfeit jeans seized during a joint operation between CBP, ICE and LAPD.

Counterfeit jeans seized during a joint operation between CBP, ICE and LAPD.

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.

Last modified: 
February 9, 2017