American ShipperNewsTrucking

Fake Viagra and Air Jordans seized at California ports

$32M in counterfeit products were seized from containers arriving from China

More than $32 million worth of fake Viagra pills, knockoff footwear and other counterfeit products were recently seized in shipments arriving from China, authorities said.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection and other law enforcement agencies seized the illicit goods from three containerized shipments at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach on Thursday.

The seized goods included more than 1 million fake Viagra pills along with counterfeit footwear, belts, purses and headphones branded Nike, Gucci, Versace, Louis Vuitton, Christian Dior and Beats. If genuine, the seized merchandise would have had an estimated retail value of $32.2 million, according to a release.

The seized goods included more than 1 million fake Viagra pills along with counterfeit footwear, belts, purses and headphones. (Photo: CBP)

“Criminals are exploiting e-commerce platforms to sell counterfeit and often dangerous goods to unwitting holiday shoppers,” said Carlos C. Martel, CBP director of field operations in Los Angeles. 

Click for more FreightWaves articles by Noi Mahoney.

More articles by Noi Mahoney

Otay Mesa border crossing gets $65M from California

2020 has been wild ride for Tesla

Three new multimodal hubs for Texas

One Comment

Noi Mahoney

Noi Mahoney is a Texas-based journalist who covers cross-border trade, logistics and supply chains for FreightWaves. He graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a degree in English in 1998. Mahoney has more than 20 years experience as a journalist, working for newspapers in Florida, Maryland and Texas. Contact nmahoney@freightwaves.com