Federal prosecutors described it as one of the largest counterfeit busts.
The defendants were accused of smuggling counterfeit apparel through the Port Newark-Elizabeth Marine Terminal from China. They were also charged with trying to bribe an undercover agent posing as a corrupt longshoreman‘s union official with $500,000 in cash.
The merchandise discovered in more than 100 shipping containers included counterfeit jeans, sneakers, handbags and other items. Among the brands were: Nike, Chanel, Burberry, Polo Ralph Lauren and Baby Phat.
Michael Garcia, the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, announced the arrests at a news conference.
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