The days of picking up the latest and the fakest Gucci, Chanel, and Prada bags are over for Baltimore shoppers…
Bargains too good to be true triggered a raid by federal agents on a Baltimore flea market. Investigators say so many counterfeit goods were found, it will take days to catalog it all. Capping a lengthy investigation into counterfeit and pirated merchandise, including the allegedly illegal use of a major sports apparel trademark, federal Homeland Security Investigations agents on Sunday raided the Patapsco Flea Market located at West Patapsco Avenue on the southwest side of Baltimore
“They hit the doors. They bum rushed the doors– say about 10 agents to each door– and they just took everything,” Brandon Long, a flea market vendor, said.
Nicole Navas, a public affairs specialist with the Department of Homeland Security, said sports apparel, musical recordings and cosmetics were among the items under scrutiny in the 2 1/2-year-long investigation.
“HSI special agents, with assistance from our law enforcement and industry partners, are seizing what is believed to be counterfeit, pirated and unlicensed merchandise that was being sold at the flea market,” Navas said.
She told WJZ-TV that additional information would be available in court documents on Monday.
In a statement Sunday, Under Armour said: “Individuals who produce and sell counterfeit goods harm the American economy. The reality of counterfeiting is that it’s much greater than just buying a knock off item at a discounted price, it’s a multibillion dollar a year problem that undermines corporations.”
Source: The Baltimore Sun/CBS Baltimore