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Feds Seize $1 Billion in Fake Handbags


A Manhattan storage facility became the backdrop for the largest counterfeit goods seizure in U.S. history, revealing a vast array of imitation "designer" merchandise valued at a staggering $1.03 billion. The operation led to the arrest of two men, Adama Sow and Abdulai Jalloh, accused of orchestrating the black-market scheme.

The joint investigation by Homeland Security Investigations agents and the NYPD uncovered approximately 219,000 counterfeit items stored in units at Gotham Mini Storage. The seized goods, including handbags, shoes, clothes, and accessories, were amassed between January and October.

The defendants face charges related to trafficking in counterfeit goods and could potentially receive a maximum prison sentence of 10 years if convicted. The operation reflects the authorities' commitment to combating the significant impact of counterfeit goods on legitimate businesses, governments, and consumers.




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