SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — A federal crackdown on counterfeit goods shipments at a San Francisco facility over three days netted hundreds of parcels as part of Operation Holiday Hoax, officials from the U.S. Customs and Border Protection and Immigration and Customs Enforcement said.

Federal authorities conducted the increased enforcement period at the San Francisco mail processing facility at San Francisco International Airport where 300 parcels were interdicted.

The parcels contained items that were likely destined for unscrupulous vendors for resale, officials said.

Some of the suspected counterfeit merchandise included sports jerseys, athletic shoes, designer jewelry and leather goods.

Once the items are determined counterfeit they are seized by federal authorities.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection works with ICE’s Homeland Security Investigations in Operation Holiday Hoax starting on November 26, running through December 26, as part of a national and international effort.

Last year the operation led to the seizure of more than 327,000 counterfeit and pirated items nationwide, estimated to be worth nearly $77 million.

(Copyright 2012 by CBS San Francisco and Bay City News Service. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)


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