Calexico, California - Yesterday, Imperial County Sheriff’s Office Investigators in collaboration with the United States Border Patrol and the San Diego Sheriff’s Department executed multiple search warrants on businesses located in Calexico, as part of Operation “Dead Ringer”. The search warrants were part of an ongoing investigation regarding the sale, manufacture, distribution, importation and purchase of counterfeit products, trademarks, logos and designs.
The search warrants involved businesses owned by those actively engaged in the previously mentioned illicit activities. The investigation has revealed that the sale of counterfeit products in the City of Calexico is widespread with many individuals profiting from this illegal trade.
As a result Sheriff’s Investigators seized approximately 8,000 items with an estimated retail value of 3 million dollars. The brands seized are as follows: Burberry, Chanel, Coach, Anastasia, New Era, Nike, Adidas, Vans, Jordan, Ray Ban, Oakley, Under Armour, Louis Vuitton, Rolex, Gucci, Cartier, Rolex, Breitling, Bvlgari, Tiffany & Co., Prada, FreshLook (contact lenses) and Michael Kors. The types of items seized were handbags, wallets, belts, scarves, hats, beanies, sunglasses, emblems, watches, backpacks, jewelry, and makeup.
The investigation has identified several suspects and witnesses and charges are expected to be filed with District Attorney’s Office in the near future.