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$12M in Counterfeit Super Bowl gear seized in Cincinnati

Item seized in 'Operation Super Fake.' provided by CBP. Item seized in 'Operation Super Fake.' provided by CBP.
Goods seized in 'Operation Super Fake.' provided by CBP. Goods seized in 'Operation Super Fake.' provided by CBP.
CINCINNATI (FOX19) -

Hundreds of shipments of counterfeit Super Bowl merchandise were seized in Cincinnati as part of a major bust called “Operation Super Fake.”

The fake goods were intercepted by U.S. Customs and Border Protection at a local international mail facility between Jan. 26 and Jan. 29.

$12 million is the estimated retail price if the counterfeit NFL trademarks on the seized items had been genuine, according to CBP.

The items were shipped internationally and manufactured in locations ranging from Europe to Asia, said Melissa Maraj with CBP. ‘Operation Super Fake' intercepted the goods as they were in transit to domestic destinations to be sold in the open market.

“Through their diligence and attention to detail, the hard working CBP Officers and staff from the Port of Cincinnati were extremely successful at enforcing Intellectual Property Rights during this operation,” said Richard L. Gillespie, Port Director, CBP Port of Cincinnati, Ohio.

Officials have not said if any arrests were made in the case.

CBP Port of Cincinnati regularly conducts express-consignment operations, which includes the screening and inspection of incoming shipments from various international locations, according to Maraj.

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