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Shipment of $12K worth of fake designer purses seized at border crossing

By: Jesse Martinez
EL PASO, Texas More than $12,000 worth of counterfeit designer purses were seized at a border crossing after a U.S. Customs and Border Protection investigation, officials said.

In January, 39 Michael Kors purses suspected of being counterfeit were seized at an El Paso port of entry.

The purses were part of an international shipment from Hong Kong that was selected for inspection.

Officers who were examining the shipment identified the suspect bags and they were turned over to members of the CBP Intellectual Property Branch for further review, officials said.

Counterfeit products can threaten the health and safety of American consumers and our economic and national security, said Hector Mancha, CBP El Paso Port Director. CBP officers will continue their efforts to identify and stop poor quality and illegal counterfeit goods from entering the legitimate market place.

The purses were found to be of poor quality compared to what the brand was known for despite having nearly identical markings, officials said.

A notice of seizure was given to the consignee of the shipment on March 10.

The value of the seized handbags was estimated at $12,285.