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    Over two dozen arrested

    By Gianna Palmer
    NEWARK, New Jersey | Fri Mar 2, 2012 3:03pm EST
    (Reuters) - More than two dozen people from the United States and China were charged on Friday with running a $325 million counterfeit goods ring through a New Jersey port, one of the largest knock-off smuggling busts in history, authorities said.

    Simultaneous stings by two federal agencies at Port Newark-Elizabeth Marine Terminal in Elizabeth, New Jersey, also uncovered a related scheme to smuggle crystal methamphetamine into the U.S. from Taiwan.

    "It's huge," said New Jersey U.S. Attorney Paul Fishman at a press conference, standing beside photographs of mountains of boxes of the seized bogus goods.

    "It's one of the largest counterfeit goods cases ever investigated in this district and one of the largest ever prosecuted in the country," Fishman said.

    More than two years of undercover investigations by the FBI and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) resulted in the indictment of 29 people, including 22 who were arrested in the U.S., one picked up in the Philippines and six still at large.

    Knock-offs of hot consumer items including Nike sneakers, Lacoste shirts and Louis Vuitton handbags were packed into shipping containers imported from China through Elizabeth, the busiest port on the East Coast.

    The brand-name insignias were concealed during shipment through various methods and, once the goods arrived in the U.S. and were moved to a warehouse, were "processed" to reveal the logos. In one case, authorities said, fake Ugg boots were shipped with an unmarked sole that was then removed in the warehouse to reveal a sole beneath it that read "Ugg."



    http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/...rpc=22&sp=true

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    Re: Over two dozen arrested

    Thats a lot of cheddar boys and girls.

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