SALT LAKE CITY (ABC 4 News) – More than 30 websites used to sell counterfeit NFL merchandise were seized by local special agents with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations.
The seizures came as a result of a nationwide initiative called “Operation Red Zone”.
Operation Red Zone targeted international shipments of counterfeit merchandise as they entered the United States.
Utah agents made undercover purchases of counterfeit NFL logo clothing from websites.
With three days left before Super Bowl XLVII, agents have seized more than 160,000 items of phony Super Bowl-related memorabilia along with other counterfeit items for a total take of more than $13.6 million. Due to the increased activity of counterfeiting operations around the world, this year the operation began in September and will continue through February 6th.
The 30 websites Utah agents shutdown were just part of the 313 websites shutdown across the country.
Authorities across the country targeted warehouses, stores, flea markets, online vendors and street vendors selling counterfeit game-related sportswear and tickets throughout the country.