Federal authorities in Puerto Rico say they have seized $6.5 million worth of counterfeit and pirated merchandise from more than a dozen retailers. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement said the goods were seized Wednesday in the historic district of Puerto Rico’s capital known as Old San Juan. Officials said the goods infringed on trademarks including Gucci, Nike, Prada, Chanel and Dolce & Gabbana, among others. Authorities issued five arrest warrants during the operation. They said first-time offenders were issued a notification of violation of law.
“Stealing intellectual property is not a victimless crime,” said Ricardo Mayoral, special agent in charge of HSI San Juan. “The bottom line is counterfeit and pirated goods steal revenue from legitimate businesses and shortchange buyers who think they’re getting the real deal. Those involved in intellectual property rights violations should take note that we are actively looking for contraband on a daily basis and counterfeit goods will be seized and violators prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.”