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ICE Agents seize $1.5 million in fake NFL merchandise at DHL Air

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ICE agents seized $1.5 million in Super Bowl XLVII counterfeit merchandise at the DHL air cargo facility, according to a Local 12 report on Feb. 3. This bust was reportedly part of Operation Team Player.

There seems to be conflicting reports over how much was seized. The government and NFL announced that they seized over $21.6 million in fake NFL merchandise ranging from jerseys and caps to t-shirts and souvenirs. The merchandise was sold in time for Super Bowl Sunday.

The seize was originally announced Thursday. NFL and authorities held a news conference in Manhattan where they gave details about the incident. Most of the merchandise was manufactured overseas, according to authorities.

Operation Team Player rushed to make the Seahawks and Broncos merchandise once they learned they made the Super Bowl. The merchandise was then smuggled into the United States using DHL overnight shipping.

This isn't the first time Operation Team Player has created fake NFL merchandise. Back in June, investigators found that they were selling fake sports tickets and game-related souvenir.



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