The Department of Homeland Security and NYPD recently pulled off the world’s largest raid of counterfeit goods — and experts told The Post that they likely came from China.
Bogus handbags, shoes and clothing — made to mimic brands such as Gucci, Louis Vuitton and Hermès — were confiscated at a Gotham Mini Storage facility in Manhattan. All told, the estimated 219,000 knockoffs of luxury items would be worth $1 billion if the goods were legit.
“It looks like a professional operation,” Dan Harris, a Seattle-based lawyer who heads up China Law Blog, told The Post. “There’s a 99.5% chance that it originated in China. They would not make [the seized goods] in such quantities in Vietnam or Cambodia.”
The suspects, Abdulai Jalloh and Adama Sow, were charged separately with trafficking in counterfeit goods. Jalloh is out on $500,000 bond and wearing an ankle bracelet, while Sow was released on $1 million bond. Their lawyers would not comment beyond that.
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