Star Ledger: Feds: Ring smuggled $200M in fake items

Star Ledger: “Feds: Ring smuggled $200M in fake items”:

The longshoreman set the ground rules with the smugglers when they hatched the scheme back in the summer of 2006: No drugs and no weapons.

But the dock worker was willing to sneak bogus designer merchandise, like handbags, jeans and sneakers, from China into the United States through the ports in Newark, Elizabeth and Staten Island.

As it turned out, the longshoreman wasn’t corrupt, but instead was an undercover agent for Immigration and Customs Enforcement posing as a union official in the International Longshoremen’s Association. The agent’s work was detailed in a 52-page criminal complaint that authorities issued yesterday when they arrested 10 people allegedly involved in the smuggling ring.

Mildly amusing (and somewhat disquieting) article about federal arrests in a year-long smuggling ring involving Port Newark.

Author: Ken Walker

Husband, Father, Newarker, PCA Elder, Business Analyst. In a glass case of emotion since 1978.

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