Authorities Seize Counterfeit Sports Jerseys

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – Homeland Security officials are investigating after hundreds of packages of counterfeit sports jerseys were discovered.

Officials say 380 packages from China were discovered at the DHL office in Robinson Township.

“We went out during a three-day operation, looked at packages coming from China, opened them up, had an NFL representative with us,” Scott Best, an official with Homeland Security, said. “He made a field determination that they were counterfeit. We detained these items.”

Agents confiscated more than 5,000 replica jerseys with an estimated street value of $1.5 million. They range from Steelers, Penguins, other NFL teams and colleges.

A closer look explains why they’re considered counterfeit.

“You’re going to see stitching – stitching that is not quite perfect along the hemlines,” Best said. “Also, loose threads.”

Fans in western Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia paid anywhere from $40 to $70 for each jersey over the internet.

“They will not be getting their money back,” Best said. “If it seems too good to be true, it probably is.”

  • Pittnorth

    Ok, this should be the least of Homeland Security’s worries. What a waste of money.

    • RP

      The whole government is a JOKE. What is Homeland Security going to do with the siezed jerseys? Who was hurt by this? The locals who spent the 1.5 million to purchase the jerseys from china. America is outsourcing everything else so why attack the little guy trying to purchase a jersey of his or her favorite team. Most Americans can not afford the $300.00 for a real jersey since the government has ruined our economy. Another stellar performance from our wonderful government.

      • Stinky McFunkerbean

        What are they going to do with the jerseys? Take them home and wear them for the Super Bowl, no doubt and say they “got rid of them.”

  • Habib

    Homeland security? C’mon man. Terrorists want the towels, (for their heads) not the jerseys.

  • jp

    Good thing I got mine before Christmas….

  • Nick Manning

    They are freaking Jerseys, I would never pay $ 300.00 for authentic one thats a rip off.

  • Peggy Allport

    Gee I certainly feel safer because Homeland Security is seizing illegal jerseys! Shouldn’t they be concentrating on TERRORISTS, BOMBS, WEAPONS,ETC.? Football jerseys? Really!!??

    • Adam James Meneo

      The rationale is that the money garnered from the distribution of these types of itmes very well will be funneled into terrorist network. 1.5 million dollars is a pretty nice payday, especially on the Black Market.

  • Todd

    The people of this country shouls speak out against this!!!! Our tax dollars are being wasted on The department of Homeland Security to seize jerseys from China. Outragous!!!!! This was never meant to protect us, it was an excuse to infiltrate in OUR lives!!!! Patriot act???? The NFL has the licsense to sell and that is a monopoly, because they can price gauge us and be the only ones to have the ability to sell them! We should flood their office!

  • Todd

    With calls ans complaints that is!

  • tg

    I agree…if they didn’t charge so much for the shirt, maybe people would buy them from the USA. Monopoly and unfair indeed! Thanks homeland security for protecting my breasts from touching illegal property!

    • Bevis

      heeh heeh she said breasts

  • Chris

    Good! F China and all that support them!

    • The guy who isn't a moron

      You do realize where your authentic drillers jersey comes from right?

  • Julie

    Does anyone know the company that these jerseys came from??

    • Bob

      If your asking, you probably got ripped off

      • Julie

        Not me but someone I know.

  • donna

    Thank god homeland security was there to save us from these jerseys. Our national safety is secure…. Meanwhile, as these people were saving us from the evil jersey people, millions of dollars worth of drugs that will kill people, and ruin lives and families were brought acrossed the borders…… Ahhh, our hard earned tax dollars serving it’s true purpose..

  • Born Trade

    Ruh Roh!!

  • Kurt

    Hmmmm $200 for a real Jersey, or $50 for a jersey that looks real. Who has $200 for a jersey COME ON LET IT GO

  • Geddy

    Chins still got there money right? Bravo Bravo.

  • kimmiekat

    Wow! I’m so happy we have such a strong govt! Watch out terrorist…if you mess with us, our govt will come take the clothes right off of your back!

  • Richard

    I will sleep much better knowing that homeland security is on top of issues such as this. I’ve been tossing and turning at night from the mere thought that counterfeit goods are coming into our country from China. I’m surprised they were able to identify the jerseys as fake, we all know the high quality workmanship that goes into Chinese products!

  • aversas

    I’m thrilled that Homeland Security is stopping terrorists…and cheap jerseys. What would we do without them!

  • Joban

    I can’t afford the things I want, so I like to buy illegal cheap Chinese sweatshop knock-offs, then complain if my illegal merchandise doesn’t make it through customs.
    I’ve heard that some people just don’t buy something when they think it’s overpriced. What weirdos. I’d much rather wear my fake Rolex and counterfeit Ugg boots, and buy my girlfriend a fake Prada bag.
    I told my friend that the NFL has a monopoly on its merchandise, and he told me “of course they do, you idiot.” He’s mean.

  • porn star

    Darn Chinese

  • Sue

    I agree with you all what a shame that these hard working americans want a jersey cheaper than they have to pay in the US and they were taken and siezed, what a joke.

  • JD

    I love borntrade. Best site going. Luckily never had anything seized on the way in.

  • Daniel

    So are we saying that the Chinese are terrorists now? Seems the government has already borrowed billions of dollars from the Chinese unless I am mistaken. And if the Chinese are funneling money to terrorists why are we still dealing with the Chinese? Seems like Homeland Security should have better things to do.

  • KottaMan

    The dimbulb who wrote the press release and this article didn’t bother the state that the seizure was by ICE (Immigration & Customs Enforcement) which is part of Homeland Security. It is obvious that someone local ordered these knock-off’s from China KNOWING they were fakes. I am sure the “price” to be charged to customers would not be “fake” however,

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