US Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials (ICE HSI) in conjunction with the Washington Metropolitan Police Department seized 18,640 counterfeit items worth $3 million. These items were seized from four vehicles at 16 different locations within the D.C. Farmers Market last Friday. The Huffington post reports that among the items seized were hats, purses, shoes, purfume, watches, shirts, jackets, sweatshirts, pants, music and movies.
Eleven people were arrested and seven search warrants were served. WWD reports that among the counterfeit brands were trademarks such as Nike, Lacoste, Coach, Hugo Boss, Timberland, Dooney & Bouke, Fendi, Kate Spade, Versace, Marc Jacobs, G-Star Raw, Ed Hardy, Calvin Klein, Polo Ralph Lauren, Burberry, Chanel, Armani, Valentino, Tory Burch, Juicy Couture, North Face, True Religion and Louis Vuitton.
Prior to this incident, ICE HSI agents conducted surveillance and undercover purchases at the D.C. farmers market and industry representatives determined the purchases to be counterfeit. ICE reports that the items seized in this bust will be held as evidence and then later detroyed.