Of­fi­cials charge 29 in coun­ter­feit ring

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NE­WARK | Fed­eral of­fi­cials in New Jer­sey have an­nounced charges against 29 peo­ple in what they said is a mas­sive in­ter­na­tional coun­ter­feit goods op­er­a­tion.

New Jer­sey’s U.S. at­tor­ney, Paul J. Fish­man, said par­al­lel in­ter­na­tional in­ves­ti­ga­tions re­sulted in ar­rests in New Jer­sey, Texas, New York and the Philip­pines.

Mr. Fish­man said de­fen­dants in the al­leged rings at­tempted to smug­gle $325 mil­lion in coun­ter­feit goods from China through the Port Ne­wark-el­iz­a­beth Ma­rine Ter­mi­nal in El­iz­a­beth.

In ad­di­tion to traf­fick­ing in coun­ter­feit sneak­ers, boots, hand­bags and other items, au­thor­i­ties say the two over­lap­ping crim­i­nal en­ter­prises also traf­ficked in coun­ter­feit cig­a­rettes and crys­tal metham­phetamine.

Mr. Fish­man said the groups took coun­ter­feit goods man­u­fac­tured in China and shipped them to the U.S. for sale to whole­sale and re­tail out­lets.

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