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Baltimore flea market raided by homeland security agents

The Baltimore Sun April 23, 2012 http://www.abc2news.com/

Capping a lengthy investigation into counterfeit and pirated merchandise, including the allegedly illegal use of a major sports apparel trademark, federal Homeland Security Investigations agents on Sunday raided the Patapsco Flea Market and confiscated numerous items being sold there.

Nicole Navas, a public affairs specialist with the Department of Homeland Security, said sports apparel, musical recordings and cosmetics were among the items under scrutiny in the 2 1/2-year-long investigation.

"HSI special agents, with assistance from our law enforcement and industry partners, are seizing what is believed to be counterfeit, pirated and unlicensed merchandise that was being sold at the flea market," Navas said.

She told WJZ-TV that additional information would be available in court documents on Monday.

In a statement Sunday, Under Armour said: "Individuals who produce and sell counterfeit goods harm the American economy. The reality of counterfeiting is that it's much greater than just buying a knock off item at a discounted price, it's a multibillion dollar a year problem that undermines corporations."

In 1996, Baltimore police charged 30 vendors at the Patapsco Flea Market with selling counterfeit clothing. Authorities confiscated more than $1 million worth of what police alleged was counterfeit Nike, Timberland and Tommy Hilfiger apparel.


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  • I can see this as being such a huge threat to national security, perhaps they should cavity search all the shoppers and imprison anyone not carrying a photo of der reichs furor Janet Napolitano.

    Why aren’t these clowns securing the border or hunting down rapists and murderers?

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  • Homeland security, making rich people richer using the peoples tax dollars. Homeland security, doing not a damned thing to actually secure your homeland... Keep watching TV you fucking tools.

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  • Two and a half years investigating this shit? Every large scale clothing company has investigators who conduct counter-piracy investigations. Were they called in? I know that I don't know the whole story here but Homeland Security Investigators? Who the fuck are they?

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  • WTF is Homeland Security involved in this for?

    If it's intrastate crime, generally the Feds aren't supposed to be involved at all. If it's interstate, the FBI is supposed to deal with it. Homeland Security has its own job to do, and last I knew it had nothing to do with economic crime.

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    • @NotJim = Guess it is no use for me to post , you said what I was thinking. WTF is the Fed's doing getting envolved in counterfeit clothing? Oh wait it is Bush's fault ......

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  • If you thought as the 'war on terror' winds down that these chaps would be disbanded...think again

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  • These raids happen in the China Town neighborhood in Philly on a weekly basis.

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    • @ZANGADO They sell knockoff sunglasses and watches right on the corner of 11th and Market St, it's just a joke

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    • @Roastbeefwithcheese Yup,Tommy Hilfiger,Polo,Gucci even Nike stuff that is hard to tell it's a knock off,we took the train down for the car show months back and as soon as you come up the escalator from the Gallery Mall and walk out onto the street there is street vendors with any kind of knock off shit you want,the Asians make alot of money and the cops don't bother them either.

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    • @ZANGADO Exactly where I'm talking about! You get off the train at the Gallery and Right there on the corner they are selling fake stuff! It's NO Secret, they are all over the place and nobody does anything!

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  • There's a mall (Pacific Run Mall) in Markham (majority Chinese/Asian city outside of Toronto) with an estimated 40% of the mall's merchandise being counterfeits and knock-offs.

    Everyone knows about the mall, but it's business as usual......

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    • @Yusuf Al-Kafir We ALL know of a Dirt Mall in our area that sells fake stuff

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    • @Roastbeefwithcheese

      This isn't some mom-n-pop owned strip mall.
      This is one of the largest malls in the Toronto area.
      (Political correctness alone is what keeps them from getting raided...)

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    • @Yusuf Al-Kafir yeah, when i said "Dirt Mall' i was not referring to a Mom n Pop shop! Lots of these flea market types around! I'm Not saying you're wrong I'm only wondering what you meant by political correctness?

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    • @Roastbeefwithcheese

      The mall is known as and advertised as an 'Asian Mall'.

      If the police went in and busted everyone for selling counterfeit merchandise, 99% of the people arrested/fined would be Asian, prompting cries from the Asian community that they were unfairly targeted.

      If it were plain old Canadians they would get busted and the media would handle it with a touch of 'they should have known better'.....

      That's what I mean by 'political correctness'.

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    • @Yusuf Al-Kafir Thanks for clarifying!

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  • WTF doe HLS have to do with knock off??

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  • All flea market stuff us stolen of fake junk made in China.

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  • Hilarious.

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  • '"...Its not the real thing..."
    Really?
    The only difference is where the money goes.
    The name brands and the "fakes" are ALL made in china, by teens in sweat-shops. IT IS NOT TAKING AWAY JOBS, they all did that years ago to America. It is taking away the ludicrous profits from the greedy slobs, and into the pockets of the vendors.

    The FBI should be investigating the "legal" companies for ripping us off on T-Shirts that sell for $80.00, when it actually costs only More..

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    • @Rhemis innovation has its price. fake articles often just imitate the look but lack the knowledge the original designer build into it. you may not see that with shirts, but wait till your next break-pads in your car fail

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    • @TamaraMJ

      Even some of the genuine products that come out of China are absolute crap.

      Can openers that leave metal 'crumbs' on my counter....
      A toaster that isn't even large enough to fit a standard slice of bread.....($27 @ walmart)
      Metal spatulas with a sharp edge...(grrrreat for scratching pans)

      And on and on I could go.

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    • @Yusuf Al-Kafir
      People think it is normal for a Hoover Brand vacuum cleaner to last only 2 years. Something like that should last minimum 10 years. Hotwater tanks, light bulbs, batteries etc...

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    • @Yusuf Al-Kafir "Can openers that leave metal 'crumbs' on my counter"....lmao.

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  • Don't they have more important things to do?

    ... like investigate hookers in Colombia?

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  • The only reason I can think of for homeland security to be involved is if the KNOW that the store is raising money for a terrorist network. They come up with bullshit like "bad for the economy" and "jobs", but that doesn't make sense. If it was cheaply made clothes without fake brand tags, it would just be a business like any other. The only thing telling you that it would be money going to a criminal organization is that it is a crime to counterfeit clothes. And who the hell More..

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  • I've shopped there. :) LOL Place is ghetto ghetto ghetto. Haven't been back since I went there 1 time in 2011.

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  • someone was busted at a local flea market here for selling fake laundry detergent! SEND IN THE DELTA FORCE!!!!

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  • Love Pacific Mall :) The knock offs are made in the same shit holes that the authentic merchandise is.

    The difference is that some guy is making a few bucks rather than a corporation making huge money.

    They cry Ethics, but it's all done by some poor Chinese guy looking to jump off a roof.

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  • Homeland security serving the corp interests, ISN'T THAT A FUCKING JOKE!. CEO'S CAN NOW SEND THERE MAFIOSO COUNTER PARTS AFTER YOUR ASS! SINCE WHEN DOES GOING AFTER THESE PEOPLE SAVE JOBS? STUPID FUCKERS! ALL THE SHIT IS MADE IN CHINA ANYWAYS! BRAND NAME OR NOT! SO IT DOESN'T SAVE JOBS HERE. JUST MEANS THEY WANT YOUR PREMIUM MONEY!
    A new thing is making a big come back! IT'S CALLED SOME ONE BUYING OFF YOUR OLD DEBT AND THEM NOW SUING YOU IN COURT AND YOU HAVE NO IDEA THAT YOU HAVE A COURT DATE F More..

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  • Fake, Real, it's all made in China..

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  • i pirate but selling pirated things is going above and beyond what i would do. the really weird thing is the homeland security part are they terrorists as well? Or have they been reassigned to petty theft?

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  • LOL! "And it's still growing." HAHA...not anymore! Plus the title makes it seem like the HLS agents are raiding a 'innocent' market, but, that's not true. It's a criminal market.

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