The problem continues to grow as gangs and other criminal organizations continue to realize that trademark counterfeiting, piracy and other intellectual property crimes present great opportunities to make lots of cold hard cash.
These criminals see the opportunities and they quickly jump on them. There is no shortage of willing consumers to buy the latest knock off handbag or pirated music CD and the gangsters know it.
The LAPD and FBI recently arrested a gang member from Florencia 13. The gangster, known as “Flaco” had already been arrested and prosecuted by local authorities once, but like many others he was lured back to the counterfeit trade because of the large profits.
Flaco was prosecuted federally and convicted. He will serve time in federal prison and then he will likely be receiving a free ride outside of the United States as he was not in the USA legally.
The public needs to be educated that the profits from the sales of counterfeit goods are going to gangs, such as Florencia 13, MS 13, 18TH Street, The Bloods, The Crips, and the Mexican Mafia.
We applaud the outstanding efforts to address the problem of intellectual property crimes as it is not always seen as a serious crime, however those that are in the “know” understand how serious these crimes really are and how these crimes are a major source to gangs, organized crimes groups, and terrorist organizations.
Here is a link to a short clip on our YouTube channel explaining a little bit more about the relationships that gangs and counterfeiters have.