By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
Published: April 17, 2008
MINEOLA, N.Y. (AP) — More than 20,000 pairs of counterfeit Nike sneakers, as well as fake batteries, baseball caps and Louis Vuitton handbags, were among $25 million in goods seized in raids in New York City, on Long Island and in New Jersey, the authorities said on Wednesday.
Two men, called “midlevel warehouse runners,” were arrested this month on federal counterfeiting charges. The arrests followed a six-month investigation involving local police and federal prosecutors working with immigration and customs officials, among others.
The authorities said they believed the goods were sold at flea markets, street fairs and other places in the region. They added that they were still investigating the operation, which they said they believed had links to China. The police said they seized records of money transferred to banks in China.
Warehouse raids in Edison, N.J.; Long Island City, Queens; and New Hyde Park on Long Island uncovered stacks of boxes filled with sneakers, handbags, hats and other clothing, including dozens of boxes of fake Timberland boots, law enforcement officials said.
Also found were generic batteries with brand-name logos like Duracell and Panasonic, the authorities said, adding that they had also seized printing and other equipment used to make and stamp fake logos on the items.
One of the men charged, Jin Ming Yu, 43, of Woodside, Queens, was being held without bail. The second man, Feng Ye, 44, of Corona, Queens, was released on a $250,000 personal recognizance bond. His lawyer, Hugh H. Mo, said he was studying the allegations and declined to comment on the charges.
The authorities said the men were not considered the ringleaders of the operation, but said there was evidence that one of them had transferred money to China.
”Several other people are being sought,” said Detective Sgt. Pat Ryder of Nassau County.