9K Pairs of Fake Nikes Won’t Make it to California


Customs and Border Protection officers on Thursday seized a shipment of more than 9,000 pairs of counterfeit Nikes, CNN reports. The sneakers—which were headed from Dongguan City, China, to an address in Chino, Calif.—came through the Port of New York/Newark in September, according to a CBP statement. After inspecting the shoes, officers sent images of them to the agency’s trade experts, who ultimately determined the shoes were counterfeit. The shoes, if sold at the manufacturer’s suggested retail price, would be valued at nearly $1.7 million. The case is still under investigation.

In another case involving counterfeit Nikes and New York, five Queens residents were charged in August with conspiring to import more than $70 million worth of Air Jordans, Footwear News reports. (These women claim that Customs and Border Protection subjected them to “horrifying” searches.)

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