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Federal agents said all the allegedly counterfeit items seized during a raid of two Lawrence flea markets on May 10 would retail for $30 million, if they had been real. The seized items include counterfeit designer clothing, handbags, shoes, sportswear and electronics and represented trademarks violations against more than a dozen different brands that include Michael Kors, Nike, Louis Vuitton, Prada, Coach and Ugg Australia. Approximately 100 HSI, state and local law enforcement officers participated in the May 10 operation, ICE said in a statement.

Federal agents said all the allegedly counterfeit items seized during a raid of two Lawrence flea markets on May 10 would retail for $30 million, if they had been real. The seized items include counterfeit designer clothing, handbags, shoes, sportswear and electronics and represented trademarks violations against more than a dozen different brands that include Michael Kors, Nike, Louis Vuitton, Prada, Coach and Ugg Australia. Approximately 100 HSI, state and local law enforcement officers participated in the May 10 operation, ICE said in a statement.

LAWRENCE The mountain of counterfeit goods seized by federal agents from two Lawrence flea markets earlier this month would have been worth $30 million if they were not fake.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement, which is part of the federal Department of Homeland Security, yesterday called the haul the largest in the Homeland Security Investigations Boston office’s history.

“This is an effort to support local, legitimate businesses who have complained of these individuals selling bogus merchandise,” said Interim Lawrence Police Chief James Fitzpatrick. “In recent history, I believe this is probably the largest raid in Massachusetts involving counterfeit goods.”

Lawrence police collaborated with Homeland Security officials in an investigation that led to the arrest of 42 people, most of whom live in New York, for selling knockoffs of expensive designer bags, sunglasses and headphones.

All 42 were arraigned in Lawrence District Court on May 12, released without bail and ordered to return for hearings in late June and early July.

ICE said that counterfeit goods and the people who sell them are a drain on the economy. “They put a strain on main street by hurting legitimate businesses and tax payers,” said Special Agent in Charge Bruce Foucart, HSI Boston. “Anyone who thinks counterfeiting is a victimless crime should realize the profits of these black market sales are routinely diverted to support further criminal activity such as drug trafficking and money laundering.”

The seized items include counterfeit designer clothing, handbags, shoes, sportswear and electronics and represented trademarks violations against more than a dozen different brands that include Michael Kors, Nike, Louis Vuitton, Prada, Coach and Ugg Australia. Approximately 100 HSI, state and local law enforcement officers participated in the May 10 operation, ICE said in a statement.

The seizures targeted the sale and trafficking of counterfeit merchandise and apparel, which Homeland Security said is a multimillion dollar criminal industry.

Police and federal agents raided Don’s Flea Market at 85 Manchester St. and Lawrence Flea Market at 468 N. Canal St. on May 10. Lawrence police said each of the defendants had more than 100 counterfeit items, raising the potential penalty of each person to between 2 1/2 years in jail to five years in state prison and a fine of up to $10,000.

Nearly every flea market in the area has been raided or investigated at least once in the last decade. In 2009 Grandview Flea Market in Derry was raided after a two year investigation, and Salem Flea Market, just across the Methuen line on Hampshire Road, was raided in 2007, 2005 and 2003.

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