Fake Toys Seized

By R. Stickney
|  Thursday, Dec 3, 2009  |  Updated 3:00 PM PDT
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Fake Toys Seized

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Hundreds of boxes containing fake toys, worth more than $1.6 million, have been seized in the past three weeks at San Diego ports of entry.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers discovered the counterfeit toys in commercial shipments entering the U.S.

On Oct. 29, agents uncovered more than 3,000 battery-operated vehicles designed for children to ride and drive. The toys, which had the Jeep trademark on them, were found in a dozen cargo containers intercepted at the Otay Mesa cargo port of entry. The suggested retail price for the shipment was an estimated $1,571,964 according to the CBP.

Fake Barbie dolls were discovered in two shipments - one on Oct. 21and another on Nov. 16  - both in containers labeled as "assorted toys." As they offloaded the cargo, officers found more than 2,500 counterfeit Barbie dolls that were of poor quality and lacked license information, according to the CBP news release.

The dolls would've earned $58,496 if sold in U.S. stores.

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