Monday, April 23, 2012

Introducing your new national/local police force

Capping a lengthy investigation into counterfeit and pirated merchandise, including the allegedly illegal use of a major sports apparel trademark, federal Homeland Security Investigations agents on Sunday raided the Patapsco Flea Market and confiscated numerous items being sold there.

Nicole Navas, a public affairs specialist with the Department of Homeland Security, said sports apparel, musical recordings and cosmetics were among the items under scrutiny in the 2 1/2-year-long investigation.
The 300,000-square-foot flea market is located in the 1400 block of West Patapsco Avenue on the southwest side of Baltimore and has hundreds of visitors each weekend.

"HSI special agents, with assistance from our law enforcement and industry partners, are seizing what is believed to be counterfeit, pirated and unlicensed merchandise that was being sold at the flea market," Navas said.

She told WJZ-TV that additional information would be available in court documents on Monday.

In a statement Sunday, Under Armour said: "Individuals who produce and sell counterfeit goods harm the American economy. The reality of counterfeiting is that it's much greater than just buying a knock off item at a discounted price, it's a multibillion dollar a year problem that undermines corporations."

In 1996, Baltimore police charged 30 vendors at the Patapsco Flea Market with selling counterfeit clothing. Authorities confiscated more than $1 million worth of what police alleged was counterfeit Nike, Timberland and Tommy Hilfiger apparel.


I bet the Departments of Agriculture, Education, and Energy are all pissed off because they got left out of the raid.
Being a good little citizen, I'm going to assume that instead of being arrogant fucking pricks that are overstepping their authority, the DHS just didn't have anything better to do that day so they decided to raid a flea market to keep in practice.


BonnieGadsden said...

Yeah... down my way they raided a house full of deadly hair straighteners.

And don't forget how they saved us from the hair dryers that could have killed us

I feel so much safer now.

Robert Fowler said...

Especially after the dept. of miseducation bought all those Remington shotguns.

Chris said...

And dont forget nancy pelosi's daddy ran baltimore just like daughter dearest and her ilk are running cali now.
In case ya didnt know.