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NEWS: ICE SEARCH WARRANTS NET 60,760 COUNTERFEIT ITEMS WORTH NEARLY $28.4 MILLION

Posted by admin on Sep 30, 2011 12:56:48 PM
TAMPA, Fla. - Last week, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) special agents executed five federal search warrants in an intellectual property rights investigation related to counterfeit goods in Tampa.

The search netted 60,760 counterfeit items with a manufacturer suggested retail price of $28,386,757.

The items were seized from a local flea market, three storage units and a box truck.

One of ICE HSI's responsibilities is to conduct investigations into counterfeiting or intellectual property theft.

"Intellectual property theft is a crime that hurts legitimate business and is often tied to other types of criminal activities in our area," said Susan McCormick, special agent in charge of ICE HSI in Tampa.

For full story, please visit U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

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Topics: Intellectual Property