Cincinnati Border Patrol seizes $6.88 million worth of counterfeit jewelry

CINCINNATI (WXIX) – U.S. Customs and Border Patrol agents in Cincinnati seized three shipments of counterfeit jewelry and watches from Hong Kong on Friday and Saturday.

Centers of Excellence and Expertise judged the counterfeit items, in which shipments amounted to $6.88 million worth of fake jewelry.

According to public affairs officer Steven Bansbach, one of the shipments contained 275 Cartier Love bracelets with a total value of $319. According to the manufacturer’s suggested retail price, the bracelets would have cost $3.27 million if they were real.

US Customs and Border Patrol agents in Cincinnati seized a package from Hong Kong containing 13 fake Rolex watches.(U.S. Customs and Border Patrol)

A second shipment arrived at Border Patrol agents the same Friday, Bansbach said. Officers found 500 counterfeit Cartier bracelets worth $3.2 million, according to the MSRP.

“These significant seizures illustrate the work our officers do every day to protect our country, its citizens and the economy,” said LaFonda D. Sutton-Burke, director of field operations for the Chicago field office. “Our agents are dedicated to preventing counterfeiters from defrauding legitimate consumers and businesses.”

Border Patrol agents received a third shipment on Saturday containing 13 fake Rolex watches, worth more than $405,000, according to the MSRP.

U.S. Customs and Border Patrol agents in Cincinnati seized a package from Hong Kong with 13...
US Customs and Border Patrol agents in Cincinnati seized a package from Hong Kong containing 13 fake Rolex watches.(U.S. Customs and Border Patrol)

While e-commerce has made it easy for people to purchase products through online vendors, it has also allowed counterfeit and pirated products to gain access to the US economy, Bansbach said.

According to US Customs and Border Protection, US consumers spend more than $100 billion each year on counterfeit products and merchandise.

“CBP is responsible for enforcing nearly 500 U.S. trade laws and regulations on behalf of 49 other federal agencies,” said Port of Cincinnati Director Richard Gillespie. “CBP officers play a vital role in the nation’s efforts to prevent dangerous counterfeit and pirated goods from harming the American public. This is yet another dramatic example of how CBP officers work every day to protect the American consumer, the American economy, and American jobs.

The US Customs and Border Patrol has created an educational initiative to educate consumers about the consequences and dangers of buying counterfeit items online.

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