More than $ 32 million worth of counterfeit Viagra pills, shoes, belts, car emblems and headphones seized at Port of Los Angeles / Long Beach

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Counterfeit items included over a million
erectile dysfunction pills.

LOS ANGELES- US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and US Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), in coordination with the Commercial Crime Division of the Los Angeles Police Department, Illicit Pharmaceutical and Counterfeit Unit (IPCU) have seized counterfeit goods arriving in three containerized freight shipments from China.

The counterfeit items included more than a million erectile dysfunction pills, shoes, belts, handbags and headphones in violation of trademarks and registered trademarks. If genuine, the merchandise seized would have had an estimated Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of $ 32,161,194.00.

“Criminals exploit e-commerce platforms to sell counterfeit and often dangerous products to oblivious holiday shoppers,” said Carlos C. Martel, director of field operations for CBP in Los Angeles. “CBP’s strategic partnership with LAPD’s HSI and IPCU is essential in disrupting the transnational criminal organizations behind these smuggling operations.

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If they were genuine, the goods seized would have
had suggested a manufacturer’s estimate
Retail price (MSRP) of $ 32,161,194.00.

“Commercial piracy and counterfeiting of products undermines the US economy, robs Americans of jobs, stifles US innovation and promotes other types of crime,” said David A. Prince, Special Agent in Charge of HSI Los Angeles. “Intellectual property theft amounts to economic sabotage, which is why HSI will aggressively prosecute product counterfeiters and those who sell counterfeit products. “

“The main mission of the LAPD IPCU is to aggressively target the manufacture, sale and distribution of pharmaceuticals and counterfeit goods,” said Captain III Lillian Carranza, Commander of the Commercial Crime Division of LAPD . “Maintaining partnerships with CBP and HSI is vital to weaken supply networks and disrupt the activities of criminal gangs, organized crime and terrorist groups.

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“Criminals exploit e-commerce platforms to
sell counterfeit and often dangerous goods to
involuntary vacation buyers, ”said Carlos C. Martel,
Director of Field Operations for CBP in Los Angeles.

Each year, CBP seizes millions of counterfeit products from countries around the world as part of its mission to protect American businesses and consumers. These products include fake versions of popular products, such as smartphones and related accessories, electronics, clothing, shoes, cosmetics, and high-end luxury goods, as well as products with health and safety concerns. important security, such as pharmaceuticals, counterfeit bicycles and motorcycles. helmets, medical devices, supplements and other consumables. Sold online and in stores, counterfeit products hurt the U.S. economy, cost Americans their jobs, threaten the health and safety of consumers, and fund criminal activity.

“Counterfeiters focus on profit; they’re not focused on consumer safety, ”said Donald R. Kusser, CBP Port Manager for the LA / Long Beach Seaport. “Buying counterfeit products can put you and your family at health and safety risks, while the profits support criminal enterprises. “

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Sold online and in stores, counterfeit
harm the US economy, cost Americans
their jobs threaten the health and safety of consumers,
and fund criminal activities.

Nationally in FY2020, CBP seized 26,503 shipments containing goods that violate intellectual property rights. The total estimated value of the goods seized, if genuine, was almost $ 1.3 billion.

As the largest investigative arm of the Department of Homeland Security, HSI plays a leading role in targeting criminal organizations responsible for the production, smuggling and distribution of counterfeit goods. HSI focuses not only on keeping counterfeit products on the streets of our country, but also on dismantling the criminal organizations behind this activity.

Anyone with information regarding counterfeiting crimes is urged to contact Commercial Crime Detectives at (213) 486-5940. Outside of business hours or on weekends, calls should be directed to 1-877-LAPD-24-7 (877-527-3247). Anyone wishing to remain anonymous should call the LA Regional Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477) or go directly to www.lacrimestoppers.org.

Informants can also visit www.lapdonline.org and click on “Anonymous Web Tips” under the “Get Involved-Crime Stoppers” menu to submit a tip online. Finally, informants can also download the “P-3 Tips” mobile app and select LA Regional Crime Stoppers as their local program.

For more information on protecting against counterfeit and pirated products, visit https://www.cbp.gov/trade/priority-issues/ipr/protection and https://www.stopfakes.gov/.

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