Counterfeit Merchandise Seized in Casper
by Taylor Viydo, firstname.lastname@example.org
Over 600 fake jerseys and baseball caps were seized in Casper as part of nation-wide federal crackdown on counterfeit goods, according to an ICE spokesman.
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement spokesman Carl Rusnok says federal agents working with Casper Police and Wyoming Department of Criminal Investigations seized knockoff NFL, NBA, NHL, MLB, and NCAA goods totaling $34,997.
Further details regarding the date and nature of the operation were not immediately available, but Rusnok did confirm that all of the jerseys and caps were recovered during a single seizure. Calls seeking further information from Wyoming DCI officials were not returned Thursday afternoon.
No arrests have been made in connection with the Casper seizure.
The seizure was part of a federal initiate dubbed "Operation Red Zone" which targeted international shipments of counterfeit merchandise shipped to the US. According to an ICE press release, authorities targeted warehouses, stores, flea markets, online vendors and street vendors selling phony goods.
Nationwide, "Operation Red Zone" has brought in more than $13 million in counterfeit game-related sportswear and tickets.
"Operation Red Zone" began in September of 2012 and will run through February 6th. According to ICE, federal agencies working with state and local law enforcement partnered with sports leagues.
Just days before Super Bowl XLVII, authorities had already seized more than 160,000 fake items of Super Bowl-related memorabilia.
Nationwide, authorities had made 23 arrests and had seized 313 websites for selling counterfeit NFL goods, said Rusnok in a press release. In September, authorities in Rhode Island arrested one after investigators found over $1.2 million worth of phony goods in a Warwick home.