STERLING, Va. (WMAR) — Thousands of counterfeit designer purses, making their way from China into the United States, were discovered at Dulles International Airport.
On September 25, Customs and Border Patrol agents detected 18 boxes carrying 2,601 coin purses, 459 purses, and three backpacks branded as Gucci, Louis Vuitton, Chanel, Dior, Prada, and Hermes.
The officers suspected that the items were fake and stopped them from being shipped to an address in Flushing, New York.
On Thursday, after nearly two months of investigation, it was verified through trademark holders that the merchandise was counterfeit.
Officials say if the purses were authentic, they would be worth nearly $2.3 million.