2011-02-10 / Local & State

Feds Seize $1.5M In Counterfeit Sports Gear In Pa.

PITTSBURGH (AP) – Federal authorities in Pittsburgh have seized thousands of unlicensed Steelers and Penguins jerseys and other Super Bowl-related merchandise.

The crackdown is part of a nationwide effort by customs and homeland security agents to fight counterfeit goods.

Packages confiscated over the past three days at a DHL office near Pittsburgh yielded nearly $1.5 million in unlicensed Chinese-made gear, including 5,000 jerseys.

Scott Best, assistant special agent in charge of homeland security investigations in Pittsburgh, said Friday that fans should be suspicious of cheap merchandise.

DHL released a statement saying it is cooperating with law enforcement and does not knowingly transport counterfeit goods.

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