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Federal officials seized approximately $ 2.2 million worth of counterfeit Nike shoes from the Los Angeles / Long Beach Seaport, U.S. Customs and Border Protection said on Wednesday.
There was 14,806 pairs of shoes seized in two containers labeled “towels”.
Sneakers included Off-White x Air Jordan 1, Air Jordan 12, Air Jordan 1, Air Jordan 11 and Air Max 97 from Nike, some of which could fetch as much as $ 2,000 each if they are legitimate.
“Counterfeiting branded shoes is a multi-million dollar criminal industry. Trafficking in these items is extremely lucrative and becomes more profitable in markets involving successful and popular products,” said LaFonda Sutton-Burke, director of wearing CBP. “CBP commits substantial resources to detect, intercept and seize illicit goods at our nation’s largest seaport.”
This is not the first time that people have been caught attempting to smuggle counterfeit Nike shoes into the United States.
Five people were charged in 2018 for trafficking in what would have been $73 million counterfeit Nike Air Jordan shoes in Newark port from China. ABC News’ Susanna Kim reported in 2016 that Nike was among the most counterfeit items in the world.