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18,000 pairs of fake Nikes seized

May 08, 2008|From the Associated Press

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers discovered 18,560 pairs of fake Nike sneakers inside two shipping containers that arrived from China. The ship's manifest listed the containers as holding drainage pipeline fittings, but when officers at the Port of Long Beach opened them Monday they found the shoes instead. "The average consumer who walks into a store I think would be fooled by them," said Bonnie Lemert, the federal agency's acting port director for the Los Angeles/Long Beach Seaport.

The shoes, which were appraised at $521,000, will be destroyed, Lemert said.

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