Federal agents seize $375,000 worth of counterfeit goods

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NEW ORLEANS, La. – Federal agents seized hundreds of counterfeit items during a sting over Final Four and NCAA Championship weekend.

Agents worked with the Louisiana Bureau of Investigation to identify flea markets, retail stores, and street vendors who sold counterfeit merchandise and unlicensed clothing during the tournament.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement investigators said they seized 384 items worth more than $375,000 in the first four days of April.

They said they confiscated counterfeit jerseys, hats, cell phone accessories and hundreds of other counterfeit items.

The items may have copyrighted logos and lettering printed on them or contain other intellectual property rights.

“Major events like the NCAA Championships provide opportunities for transnational criminal organizations to profit from illegal activities. Our goal is to disrupt this activity and protect consumers,” said Jeb Bison, HSI New Orleans Deputy Special Agent in Charge.

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