- - Sunday, March 4, 2012

NEWARK — Federal officials in New Jersey have announced charges against 29 people in what they said is a massive international counterfeit goods operation.

New Jersey’s U.S. attorney, Paul J. Fishman, said parallel international investigations resulted in arrests in New Jersey, Texas, New York and the Philippines.

Mr. Fishman said defendants in the alleged rings attempted to smuggle $325 million in counterfeit goods from China through the Port Newark-Elizabeth Marine Terminal in Elizabeth.

In addition to trafficking in counterfeit sneakers, boots, handbags and other items, authorities say the two overlapping criminal enterprises also trafficked in counterfeit cigarettes and crystal methamphetamine.

Mr. Fishman said the groups took counterfeit goods manufactured in China and shipped them to the U.S. for sale to wholesale and retail outlets.

NEW MEXICO

Police find missing child’s body in hole

CARLSBAD — Police in southern New Mexico say they are working to recover a child’s body from a deep hole near where a 4-year-old boy went missing.

Carlsbad police spokeswoman Lt. Jennifer Moyers says police are fairly sure the body is that of Samuel Jones, who was reported missing Saturday night from his home next door.

Lt. Moyers says a detective found a 14-inch-wide hole that is likely an old well in a neighbor’s backyard about 7 a.m. Sunday. Firefighters determined no one could survive in the hole.

Lt. Moyers says foul play isn’t suspected but police are treating the case as a homicide as a precaution.

A heavy search and rescue team is being brought in from Roswell to help recover the body.

Samuel was last seen Saturday afternoon playing in his backyard.

FLORIDA

Same-sex custody battle could alter law

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