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August 1, 2014

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Las Vegas vendors arrested in crackdown on unlicensed sports merchandise

Authorities say they confiscated hundreds of pieces of counterfeit sports merchandise from two downtown kiosks as part of a nationwide crackdown in advance of the Super Bowl on Feb. 3.

Metro Police and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials collaborated on the operation led by ICE’s Homeland Security Investigations and dubbed “Operation Red Zone.”

In Las Vegas, it yielded about 600 phony National Football League logos and more than 70 knockoff sports jerseys, in addition to T-shirts and hoodies emblazoned with counterfeit logos for the NFL, Major League Baseball and the National Basketball Association, officials said.

Similar appropriately licensed items would have an estimated retail value of $15,000, according to ICE.

Metro Police arrested the two kiosk operators, Mustafa Ahmadi, 31, and Sonia Qudrat, 29, on counts of selling counterfeit goods, authorities said.

“The sale of counterfeit goods is not a victimless crime,” Michael Harris, assistant special agent in charge for Homeland Security Investigations in Las Vegas, said in a statement.

“Not only does this activity undermine the U.S. economy and rob Americans of jobs, but the proceeds from the sale of product knockoffs are often used to promote other types of crime,” Harris said.

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  1. They set up a task force to find unlicensed NFL shirts, saying it hurts American Jobs. But we leave ur borders open and let anyone come here and live without any worry about what THAT does to our American economy...

  2. Thank God we stopped the sales of misc. goods while 12 million illegals frolic in our country. WTG, ICE, what's next? Maybe children's lemonade stands?

  3. Good work Task Force, whew , all the moments leading up to the raid had to be intense. I'm sure there was a connection between the phony merchandise and all the drug labs and grow houses that have been raided lately and I would bet that its all connected to those illegals on the Strip that hand out the smut fliers , now go raid them and then you'll be doing some good for the community. Homeland Security is in on phony jerseys raids??? Relax everyone we are all safe now.

  4. Chunky says:

    Whoa!!! Glad they're spending our hard earned tax dollars enforcing the NFL brand name! If the NFL can spend 10s of millions on player's salaries, they can police their own products!

    Really? Two agencies using local and federal tax dollars for t-shirts and key chains when we don't have enough teachers in schools and law enforcement to go around for serious crime?

    "Operation Red Zone" should be a nice addition to an officer's resume! "Responsibilities included dressing like a tourist, walking up to a kiosk and buying a football jersey from a high school dropout".

    And people wonder why our government is trillions of dollars in debt and unable to balance a budget.

    That's what Chunky thinks!

  5. " an estimated retail value of $15,000 " wow, what a haul..
    I could be wrong but maybe the vendors were Americans working, not sure about how it leads to other crimes, maybe after buying a fake Jersey the profits will go towards buying a fake Easter bunny, the next big event.

    I am glad that stuff is off the street so I can be sure anyone wearing a jersy is a true fan that will spend a weeks pay to show it.