The NYPD Patrol Service Bureau recovered $2 million in counterfeit goods from vendors in Lower Manhattan on Friday, police said.
The NYPD’s Peddler Enforcement Unit base in Midtown was overflowing Friday with mounds and mounds of off-market products masquerading as branded merchandise. From fake handbags and sneakers to perfumes, watches, belts, and more. Officers could barely navigate the large transport as they attempted the long and arduous task of sorting the load.
The bust took place on Canal Street and was executed by the NYPD Patrol Service Bureau. Dubbed “Operation Bag Guys,” Office of Patrol Services Deputy Chief Benjamin Gurley said the seizure was prompted by community complaints and to prevent the funding of other crimes.
“We also made five arrests. Those arrested were charged with trade in counterfeiting, that is, selling counterfeit goods. Some people may assume that the only victims of the sale of these counterfeit products are big fashion designers and big corporations, but there are consumers who fall victim to these counterfeit items,” Gurley said. “In reality, the money generated from the sale of these counterfeit products is used to prosecute other crimes in the city.”
According to law enforcement sources, while these sellers target tourists, there are also those who buy these counterfeits in bulk and then resell them on online stores like eBay – all under the false narrative that they are genuine. luxury goods that can sell for hundreds of people. dollars. Gurley also said the police department has a specialist who determines if the items are counterfeit.
“We have a professionally trained person who reviews every product to make sure it’s counterfeit and that person has been trained by companies to identify items,” Gurley told amNewYork Metro.
The one-day operation is also aimed at ensuring quality of life, police said. Products will be retained and available for their owners to retrieve, however, in doing so, individuals would be arrested for commercial infringement. A source close to the investigation says the items unfortunately cannot be donated to those in need due to their poor quality and will be destroyed after several months.
“We will continue to do these types of operations and we will go where community complaints take us. New Yorkers have been calling for these types of operations and this type of police work for months now and we delivered today,” Gurley said.