WASHINGTON – U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) announced the seizure of more than 327,000 counterfeit items with a manufacturer's suggested retail price worth an estimated $76.8 million as part of an ICE HSI-led National Intellectual Property Rights Coordination Center (IPR Center) operation. The center continues to track down those who are selling counterfeit and pirated products this holiday season.
During the six-week operation, coined Operation Holiday Hoax II, the IPR Center and its partners, including U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, the Consumer Product Safety Commission, and the Government of Mexico, along with state and local law enforcement worked with trademark holders to target stores, flea markets and swap meets involved in the importation, distribution and selling of counterfeit and pirated products in 66 cities across the United States; in Seoul, South Korea; and in 55 Mexican cities.
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