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News Round-Up 2/3/2012

Posted by admin on Feb 3, 2012 8:45:09 AM
Customs Agents in El Paso Seize More than $200k in Counterfeit Sports Items


Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents seized more than $200,000 in counterfeit sports-related gear in El Paso as part of a nationwide crackdown dubbed Operation Fake Sweep.

The operation began Oct. 1 and targeted importers, stores, websites, flea markets and street vendors selling the counterfeit goods. In El Paso, agents with ICE's Homeland Security Investigations seized 792 items with a retail value of $206,726. Among the items seized were fake jerseys, ball caps, T-shirts, jackets and other souvenirs.

For more on this story, please visit Las Cruces Sun-News.

Seizures of Counterfeit Alcohol Increase Fivefold in Two Years as Criminals Target Lucrative Market


Seizures of fake alcohol by trading standards have rocketed by five times in two years, according to new research.

New findings have revealed how gangs are exploiting the rising demand for cheap alcohol by tapping into counterfeit booze.

Research by The Institute of Engineering and Technology has fueled concern that local authorities may be focusing too much on alcohol seizures rather than those of other counterfeit goods such as electronics.

For more on this story, please visit The Daily Mail.

Feds Seize Millions in Phony NFL Goods


NDIANAPOLIS (WISH) - A consumer alert was issued Thursday by the NFL. Officials say "Buyer Beware" when it comes to buying NFL merchandise and Super Bowl Tickets.

A four month-long nationwide investigation ended with federal agents seizing more than $4.8 million in fake NFL merchandise. That's a 29 percent increase over last year. The nationwide operation included Indiana.

For the complete story, please visit WISHTV8.

Kenya: US Embassy Unveils Campaign Against Fake Goods in Busia


THE US Embassy in Nairobi, the Anti-Counterfeit Agency and other development partners have launched a campaign to fight trading in counterfeit goods.

Dubbed Fagia Bandia, the campaign is aimed at curbing smuggling of counterfeit goods into the country through porous border points.

Addressing a one-day sensitisation workshop at a Busia hotel yesterday, the US economic officer in Nairobi Alexander Hall said his country has planned "an ambitious programme" that will entail holding a series of meetings and other events to raise public awareness on the dangers posed by counterfeit goods.

For the complete story, please visit All Africa.

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