LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) – Thousands of counterfeit sleepwear items valued at almost $5.5 million were seized by U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers last month after they arrived at the Los Angeles/Long Beach Seaport.
16,340 counterfeit Gucci, Facebook and Instagram sleeping dresses were seized by CBP officers on June 12 after they arrived in a shipment from China.READ MORE: Hate Crime Charges Filed Against Michael Vivona In Attack On Elderly Korean Couple At Grijalva Park In Orange
The items were found hidden between “generic sleeping dresses” in 189 of 329 bales of clothing.READ MORE: Father Of Kristin Smart Murder Suspect Released From Jail After Posting Bail
If real, the merchandise would have carried a retail value of $5.45 million, CBP reports.MORE NEWS: Temecula Businessman Charged In $7M COVID Relief Fraud
“Available on illegitimate websites and sold in underground outlets, counterfeit commodities multiply the illegal profits of smugglers and traffickers,” CBP said in a news release. “Consumers are tricked into believing they are buying an original product at a significant discount.”