O’HARE — Customs officials confiscated hundreds of pieces of counterfeit designer jewelry and clothing worth more than $680,000 over the weekend.
Customs and Border Protection officers at a mail facility near O’Hare found two shipments with 451 of knockoff jewelry and clothing Sunday, according to a news release.
The ripoff items included fake Rolex watches, Burberry hats, Chanel jewelry boxes, Hermes wallets, Christian Dior earrings, Prada necklaces and Louis Vuitton headbands, officials said.
If legitimate, the items would’ve been worth more than $686,000, according to the agency leaders.
The shipments came from Thailand and were en route to Alabama before being intercepted. Inspectors determined they were fake based on their “poor packaging, low value, and poor quality,” according to Customs and Border Protection.
Fake luxury items are often sold at underground outlets or through third-party online sellers to fund organized crime and smuggling, according to the agency.
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