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Mustafa Ahmadi, left, and Sonia Qudrat, right, were arrested following a takedown of counterfeit sports apparel. (LVMPD)
LAS VEGAS (FOX5) -
Law enforcement officials have scheduled a Friday news conference in Las Vegas to provide details of a pre-Super Bowl takedown of counterfeit branded sports items.
According to the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, agents, along with Las Vegas Metro police, seized knock-off sports jerseys, t-shirts and hoodies bearing counterfeit logos for the National Football League, Major League Baseball and the National Basketball Association.
ICE said two kiosk operators in downtown Las Vegas sold the items. They were booked on state charges of selling counterfeit goods.
ICE also said the seizure would have been valued at about $15,000 had the goods been genuine. About 600 phony NFL logos were part of the seizure.
"The sale of counterfeit goods is not a victimless crime," said Michael Harris, assistant special agent in charge for Homeland Security Investigations Las Vegas. "Not only does this activity undermine the U.S. economy and rob Americans of jobs, but the proceeds from the sale of product knockoffs are often used to promote other types of crime."
ICE noted the takedown was part of a nationwide crackdown entitled "Operation Red Zone".
The news conference is scheduled for 11 a.m. at the Federal Building on Las Vegas Boulevard in downtown.
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