DPD vice officers seize 681 counterfeit branded items

DETROIT (WXYZ) – Detroit Police Chief James White has said his department will be relentless in pursuing all criminal activity in the city and members of DPD’s Organized Crime Division have fully laid out that mission. Thursday, showing hundreds of articles that would be connected. evidence after busting a designer handbag smuggling operation.

“We saw one that said Made in Italy, but it had Chinese writing on the back,” said Sgt. Williams who works undercover in the Vice unit.

Scammed brands include Louis Vuitton, Gucci, Burberry, Chanel, and Dolce & Gabbana.

PHOTOS: DPD SEIZES HUNDREDS OF COUNTERFEIT HANDBAGS

And while many counterfeit products for sale can be found online these days, the suspect in the DPD case drew attention to himself by going old-school, parking a van truck near a gas station on 8 Mile Road near Meyers and setting up tables to display handbags, wallets and belts that police say were all counterfeit.

“People may think it’s a petty crime, but it’s not,” organized crime lieutenant Dana Russell said.

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DPD seizes nearly 700 counterfeit branded items, including handbags

Lt. Russell said they were grateful to the citizen who reported the anonymous tip and she remarked on the phenomenal work done by the undercover vice officers after receiving it.

A branded item authentication expert was called in to verify that the 681 items seized were counterfeits.

“Louis Vuitton has a zero-tolerance policy on counterfeiting with respect for creativity and the protection of intellectual property,” the company wrote on its brand protection website. “Preserving the creativity and rights of creators, artists and brands is vital to their long-term survival. One of the biggest threats to that survival today is counterfeiting.”

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DPD seizes nearly 700 counterfeit branded items, including handbags

So far, the suspect has received a citation for failing to obtain a vendor license.

The investigation into the serious charges is ongoing.