Driver caught trying to bring fake designer bags, wallets into Canada from Idaho
EASTPORT, Idaho — U.S. Customs and Border Protection Office of Field Operations officers at the port of Eastport, Idaho recentely discovered suspected counterfeit merchandise in the cab of a commercial vehicle.
The merchandise was found during an inspection of the truck cab, when the driver was exiting the United States and attempting to enter Canada. The driver also had an outstanding warrant out of Georgia for failure to appear on an assault charge.
CBP officers located a commercial quantity of designer-brand purses, wallets, sunglasses, and clothing. Designer brands included Gucci, Michael Kors, Kate Spade, and Chanel. After additional questioning, the driver of the truck admitted the items were counterfeit and he intended to sell them in Canada.
An Import Specialist at CBP’s Consumer Products & Mass Merchandising Center confirmed the items were counterfeit and they should be seized for the infringement of the manufacturers’ Intellectual Property Rights. The Manufacturers’ Suggested Retail Price of the counterfeit merchandise was $32,900.
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