Championship Rings Seized At Metro Airport

(DETROIT, MI) – In late April, US Customs and Border Protection officers at Detroit Metropolitan Airport seized $680,000 in counterfeit NHL, NFL, and MLB championship rings in a shipment that originated on a flight from China.

While conducting operations at a DHL consignment facility, the Cargo Enforcement Team selected and examined a shipment of rings from China resulting in the discovery of 136 counterfeit championship rings from the National Football League, National Hockey League, and Major League Baseball.

In total, the counterfeit rings displayed the names and logos of several NFL teams such as the Dallas Cowboys, Pittsburgh Steelers, New York Giants, Oakland Raiders, New Orleans Saints, and New York Jets. The shipment also included NHL rings for the Chicago Black Hawks and the Boston Red Sox.

“CBP continues to devote its efforts and resources to target, intercept and seize shipments of commodities that violate trade laws,” stated Gary Calhoun, the acting Port Director for Detroit Metropolitan Airport. “Through tireless efforts, CBP officers and import specialists conduct these operations to stop shipments containing counterfeit and pirated items.”

The company identified as the receiver of the rings used a fictitious name and was found to have previous copyright/trademark violations.

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