Nearly $3 million worth of counterfeit goods were seized at the D.C. Farmers Market.  Agents and officers seized 18,640 pieces of counterfeit merchandise from four vehicles and 16 locations operating within the D.C. Farmers Market on the corner of Fifth Street Northeast and Neal Place Northeast.  They served seven search warrants and conducted 13 plain view searches at the flea market.  The manufacturer's suggested retail price for seized counterfeit goods totaled nearly $3 million.  Additionally, law enforcement officers seized two cargo vans and one 2011 Dodge Charger, allegedly used to facilitate the trafficking of counterfeit goods.

 

MPD arrested 11 people on state criminal charges for trademark counterfeiting.  Saidou Zongo, 41, was one of the 11 individuals arrested on criminal charges.  He was residing in Silver Spring, Md., and has an outstanding INTERPOL notice from the Burkina Faso government for misappropriated funds.

 

Agents seized counterfeit items, including: purses, wallets, perfume, watches, hats, shoes, shirts, jackets, sweatshirts, pants, music and movies.

 

The counterfeit brands included, but were not limited to, the following trademarks: Nike, Timberland, Prada, Gucci, New Balance, Reebok, The North Face, True Religion, Louis Vuitton, Polo Ralph Lauren, Ugg, Lacoste, Coogi, Affliction, Lifted Research Group (LRG), Akademiks, Jimmy Choo, Coach, Hugo Boss, Helly Hansen, Burberry, Chanel, Armani, Silver 985, City Life, Valentino, Spyder, Greg Norman, Tory Birch, Dooney and Bourke, Fendi, Juicy Couture, Kate Spade, Versace, Marc Jacobs, Lacoste, G Star Raw, Ed Hardy, Calvin Klein, Rock N Republic, Black Label, Evisu, NFL, NBA, MLB, music members of the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), and movie members of the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA).

 

SOURCE: ICE