In a massive sweep in New York City, the NYPD has detained eight illegal street sellers and seized $30 million worth of counterfeit items.
On Thursday, police raided the con artists’ dens and seized bags of counterfeit goods, including items from Louis Vuitton, Yves Saint Laurent, and Nike.
Police also hauled watches, footwear, and other items away during the major bust on Manhattan’s Canal Street.
The NYPD has conducted many raids at the same location in the past, taking $2 million in products in August of last year and $10 million in November.
A spokeswoman said that the widespread community concerns were a contributing factor in this week’s action.
When police conducted a raid there in August 2022, they found $2 million worth of fake goods. Within a few weeks, the phony vendors were back at it.
17 Arrested in NYPD Raid on Canal Street, Seizure of Counterfeit Goods Valued at $10 Million
Officers seized high-end goods worth $10 million in November 2022, including fake handbags, footwear, sandals, and other items.
There were 17 people detained during the raid, and some of the fake merchants were charged with trademark counterfeiting property over $1,000, a significant felony in the state.
At a press conference that was conducted following the seizure, Maddrey stated that three truckloads of items were seized.
He earlier told the New York Post that the enforcement area we visited today resembled a neighborhood street market.
Sidewalks are obstructed, there is goods and property everywhere. This has a detrimental effect on neighborhood businesses and lowers the standard of living.
The fictitious vendors who were detained on Thursday ranged in age from 33 to 50.
Charges of trademark counterfeiting were brought against each of them. Additionally, some were charged as unlicensed vendors. One of the suspects, according to the authorities, was also accused of resisting arrest.