CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) have seized over $21 million-worth of counterfeit items during "Operation Safe Summer" at the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport.
CBP officers assigned to the DHL hub, with the support of Import Specialists from Cleveland, and ICE Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) agents targeted and seized arriving parcels containing IPR violations during a sweep conducted from Sept. 7-17.
As a result of the two week special operation at the DHL hub, 611 seizures of intellectual property rights infringing merchandise were initiated. The total MSRP seized during Operation Safe Summer was $21,475,735.38.
These products range from electrical articles such as power cords and lights that can catch fire or shock consumers, to medications with unknown ingredients, to batteries that may explode or leak mercury, to personal care items such as toothpaste and shampoo that may contain harmful bacteria, to computer network components, semiconductors, and machinery and parts that can cripple infrastructure vital to national security, including financial, telecommunications, defense and other essential systems.
"All the pieces came together very nicely," said David Murphy, CBP director of field operations in Chicago. "Our officers, import specialists, federal law enforcement partners and the DHL staff worked together to make this operation a success. CBP is committed to protecting our nation from anything that can cause it harm, including the importation of counterfeit merchandise."