Crime & Justice

LA Customs officials seize $7 million in counterfeit DVDs

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials seized 252,968 DVDs with counterfeit trademarks coming into the Los Angeles/Long Beach port on Jan. 7. The Department of Homeland Security made the announcement this morning. The suggested retail price of the DVDs was estimated to be over $7.1 million and the domestic value was $204,904.

Officials seized the shipment after it arrived on a sea container from South Korea. It included movie and music DVDs being sent to an L.A. County importer. Customs officials inspected the shipment and discovered counterfeit "DVD," "Dolby," and "DTS" trademark designs on the packaging and seized the shipment.

In fiscal year 2009, Customs officials seized over $260.6 million worth of counterfeit items nationwide. Media items such as DVDs were in the top 10 commodities seized, with a total domestic value of $11 million, accounting for 4 percent of the value of all goods seized.