Nearly $2 Million In Fake Watches Seized By CBP

Watches and jewelry represent 15 percent of all IPR seizures, and continue to top the list of all seized IPR materials. [Photo courtesy CBP]

Counterfeit watches worth nearly $2 million have been seized over the past two weeks by U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers in Cincinnati. The 54 counterfeit watches came in two shipments to a local express consignment facility.

The watches, which came from China, would have been worth a total of $1.9 million had they been genuine.

The counterfeit watches were labeled as Audemar Piguet, Rolex, Cartier, and Gucci, but the shipments were manifested as “timers” and “watch,” with listed values of $33 and $200. The packages were addressed to individuals in Jersey City, New Jersey and Mobile, Alabama.

“Legitimate cross-border trade powers the U.S. economy,” said U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Cincinnati Port Director Richard Gillespie in a press release. “As trade grows at unprecedented rates, our officers are working hard to identify threats and shut down illicit suppliers.”

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Huey Freeman, who has recently been serving as executive editor of Arizona Daily Independent, previously worked as a reporter for daily newspapers in Central Illinois. He earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in journalism at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, and has been an adjunct professor at Millikin University and Eastern Illinois University. An author of two published books, he is working on two books on the southern border. Huey is married, with four adult children.