The Dublin Police Department started a case that they thought would be a simple buy bust of a subject they agreed to meet at a local coffee shop to buy some counterfeit handbags and headphones. The subject showed up in his car and showed law enforcement the counterfeit items he had to sell them. Law enforcement arrested the subject and searched the vehicle.

Law enforcement located very high quality counterfeit software, along with documentation showing the subject was importing the counterfeit goods directly from China. Detectives also located a large quantity of language learning software. It was decided that the case should not end with the buy bust and Detectives decided to roll back to the subject’s residence.

Good thing they did, as they found a treasure trove of counterfeit merchandise and additional documentation showing the subject was importing the merchandise himself. It turns out that the subject had one of his shipments of counterfeit items seized by U.S. Customs and Border Protection. We are now in a global economy and many vendors, who are not dealing in huge quantities, are directly importing their counterfeit goods from various source countries. With the internet, this has become all too easy and many air shipments coming into the US are not checked.

By Kris Buckner, Investigative Consultants


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