A team of NYPD and U.S. Homeland Security officers raided a storage facility holding approximately $2.2 million worth of counterfeit goods. The raid turned up mostly fake items from luxury brands, such as Michael Kors, Louis Vuitton, Chanel, Gucci, and Hermès, as well as counterfeit Nike, North Face, and Ugg boots.
The invasion is a result of a seven-month investigation, dubbed "Operation Treasure Hunt" (which, laugh out loud). Officers caught those involved by trailing them in unmarked vehicles to the storage facility where the fake goods were being kept. Seven arrests were made in addition to the seizure of the counterfeits. The suspects will face felony charges resulting in a year or more of jail time.
According to one officer, the fakes were of very high quality. "You really have to give them credit. You have to really know your stuff to know a lot of this is fake," he said.
Although the operation doesn't measure up to one of the largest raids on counterfeit goods that took place earlier this year in the Philippines, nailing these types of rings are very important to local and international authorities. One officer noted that in busting an operation like this they are hoping to get closer to the producers in Asia who manufacture the goods.