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Crime Feds seize $2.2 million worth of fake Nike shoes at SoCal seaport

07:35  10 october  2019
07:35  10 october  2019 Source:   cbsnews.com

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Thousands of counterfeit Nike shoes, worth an estimated $2.2 million, have been seized at the Los Angeles/Long Beach seaport, federal officials announced Wednesday. CBS Los Angeles said authorities found 14,806 pairs of shoes on a shipment arriving from China. Customs and Border Protection officers say they were mislabeled as "napkins" in an attempt to disguise the illicit cargo.

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Import specialists and officials from Nike confirmed the shoes were in violation of the Air Jordan 1 Off-White Air, Air Jordan 12, Air Jordan 1 in blue, black, red and white; Air Jordan 11 and Air Max '97. These special edition and retro styles are highly coveted by collectors and sport shoes enthusiasts. A legitimate pair can sell for between $1,500 and $2,000 online, federal officials said.

Some of the shoes seized looked obviously fake, with "AIR" printed on the sides of the shoes with quotes around them, underneath a Nike swish that appeared to be both taped and sewn on.

Such a shipment of genuine shoes would be worth more than $2.2 million.

"Counterfeit brand-name shoes is a multi-million dollar criminal industry. The trafficking of these items is extremely lucrative and becomes more profitable in markets involving successful and popular products," LaFonda Sutton-Burke, Customs and Border Protection Port Director of the LA/Long Beach Seaport, said in a statement.

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