NYPD and Homeland Security officers seized $2.2 million worth of counterfeit bags, jackets, watches, boots and more from a Queens storage facility yesterday afternoon, according to authorities.
Women's Wear Daily reports that seven alleged co-conspirators were arrested in the raid, which took place after a seven-month "Operation Treasure Hunt" investigation into the counterfeit ring. Cops stormed the Treasure Island Storage facility in Jamaica at around 1 p.m., discovering everything from fake Michael Kors and Gucci handbags to North Face jackets to Beats by Dre headphones hidden in storage lockers on the premises.
Authorities say the ring would sell the counterfeit goods—a number of which were reportedly impressively realistic— directly to consumers as well as to distributers. Officials say they do not believe the suspects were involved in any other illegal activity through the counterfeit ring. "It’s almost as though they think they’re not committing a crime because no one is getting hurt," NYPD Capt. Brian Sayre told WWD. "If they get arrested once or twice, it’s part of doing business."
The suspects face over a year behind bars if convicted.