- Associated Press - Monday, December 8, 2014

DETROIT (AP) - Immigration and Homeland Security agents have arrested two people and seized 6,000 pieces of counterfeit clothing and other fake items.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials said Monday that the items were taken from a shop on Woodward Avenue in Detroit after multiple undercover buys.

Merchandise labeled as Nike sneakers, Louis Vuitton purses and North Face are some of the fake items seized Thursday. Agents also seized $47,000, a stolen handgun and other merchandise from the shop owner’s home in Southfield.

Officials say the sale of such items picks up at shops, on street corners and online during the Christmas holiday.

“At this time of year, counterfeit traffickers often exploit the enthusiasm of consumers looking for good deals,” Homeland Security Investigations special agent Marlon Miller said in a statement. “We urge consumers to do their homework and find out if they’re buying from legitimate retailers.

“The sad reality is that there is little or no recourse for people who are scammed by counterfeiter merchandise traffickers.”

The shop’s owner has been charged with trafficking counterfeit goods.


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