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Feds Seize $3.4 Million Worth Of Fake Luxury Items At LAX

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Feds Seize $3.4 Million Worth Of Fake Luxury Items At LAX

LAX has no times for counterfeit luxury items traveling through the airways as they seize $3.5 million worth of products.

LAX feds stopped more than 5,000 counterfeit items from making it outside the airport walls as they seize it from the cargo area.

Authorities say that the items arrived at the international airport via air cargo from Hong Kong with a value of over $3.4 million if genuine.

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The packages contained 678 pairs of counterfeit Nike shoes, 531 counterfeit Louis Vuitton handbags, 1,242 counterfeit Gucci belts, 502 counterfeit Gucci hip bags, 230 counterfeit Hermès bags, 100 counterfeit Versace belts, and 119 counterfeit Fendi shorts.

“The American public should be aware that buying a counterfeit product is a lose-lose proposition, because the money they paid often funds criminal enterprises,” Donald R. Kusser, Customs and Border Protection Port Director at LAX, said in a press release.

“In addition, buyers get a substandard low-quality product, containing unknown chemicals and likely produced under inhumane conditions.”

Last year alone, the CBP reported that they confiscated roughly 33,810 shipments of counterfeit items, which had an estimated value of $1.4 billion had they been real.

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A lot of the items that are being replicated and seized consist of accessories and apparel, followed by handbags and wallets, and then watches and jewelry.

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