Homeland Security Agents Swarm Counterfeits at Flea Markets


Baltimore Sun
April 23, 2012

COMMENT: Perhaps Homeland Security will soon combine their taxpayer-funded sports stadium patdowns and other security measures with efforts to confiscate counterfeit sports jerseys from fans and other attendees.

Capping a lengthy investigation into counterfeit and pirated merchandise, including the allegedly illegal use of a major sports apparel trademark, federal Homeland Security Investigations agents on Sunday raided the Patapsco Flea Market and confiscated numerous items being sold there.

Nicole Navas, a public affairs specialist with the Department of Homeland Security, said sports apparel, musical recordings and cosmetics were among the items under scrutiny in the 2 1/2-year-long investigation.

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“HSI special agents, with assistance from our law enforcement and industry partners, are seizing what is believed to be counterfeit, pirated and unlicensed merchandise that was being sold at the flea market,” Navas said.

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