US Customs Seize Fake Air Diors, Funky Chunky Dunky SBs, and More in Yet Another Bust
It looks like some stockings won’t be filled this Christmas, as the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) recently intercepted a massive shipment of counterfeit contraband coming via China, worth to the tune of over $32 million – had the product been real! Among the items seized were even more bootleg Air Diors and Chunky Dunky SBs, designer goods, and one million off-script Viagra pills!
These items were found on three inbound containers at the LA/Long Beach Seaport in a coordinated seizure organised between the CBP, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), the Los Angeles Police Department’s Commercial Crimes Division, and the Illicit Pharmaceutical and Counterfeit Unit (IPCU).
According to CBP Director of Field Operations in Los Angeles, Carlos C. Martel, ‘Criminals are exploiting e-commerce platforms to sell counterfeit… goods to unwitting holiday shoppers.’
A few months ago, the CBP showed off the bounty from one of their biggest counterfeit sneaker busts this year, which included 1800 pairs of fake Air Diors. Air Jordan 1s have historically been one of the most popular counterfeited sneakers.
In FY2020, the CBP intercepted 26,503 shipments coming into America containing counterfeit goods. It’s estimated these items would have had a combined value of over $1.3 billion if they were authentic.