Police in New York City swept through Chinatown Tuesday seizing three truckloads of counterfeit merchandise off the streets.
They estimated the haul of knockoffs of designer goods to be worth $3 million dollars.
NYPD inspector William Glynn said the operation followed what he described as a “tremendous amount of complaints about Chinatown goods from the community and business owners.”
Police made 18 arrests and filled three up dozens of trash bags with illegal merchandise.
“This is an area where the sellers, it’s very condensed,” said William Glynn, a chief with the NYPD. “You have two or three dozen sellers blocking the entrances to numerous restaurants, places of business and so forth.”
This operation has been conducted regularly over the years. The NYPD X timeline (formerly Twitter) goes back all the way to at least 2011 with reports of similar operations.
“We’re going to continue the operations going forward. We’re also going to be posting officers here to try to prevent this setup,” said Glynn.
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