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Monday, February 8, 2021

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Assault Weapons & Counterfeit Vape Products Arrest Announcement NR21036ml

Los Angeles: The Los Angeles Police Department's Commercial Crimes Division, Illicit Pharmaceutical and Counterfeit Unit (IPCU), served a search warrant for counterfeit goods on the 500 block of Towne Avenue, at a downtown Los Angeles warehouse.

Detectives observed a manufacturing and distribution operation for counterfeit vape that included several well-known brands. During the search, IPCU Detectives also confiscated three illegal assault weapons with one of them described as a "Ghost Gun" which lacks serial numbers or origin.

The seized counterfeit items included over 662,809 imitation hats, beanies, t-shirts, footwear and video games in violation of recorded and registered trademarks. If genuine, the seized merchandise would have had an estimated manufacturer's suggested retail price (MSRP) of $7,101,164.00.



A total of three suspects were arrested for illegal assault weapons and counterfeiting.

The purchase of counterfeits products may be hazardous to your health. Manufacturers of counterfeit products are not beholden to the same rigorous materials and testing standards.

In order to prevent the risk of buying counterfeit, only buy from authorized vendors and directly from the manufacturers, and do your due diligence when researching the names and places of origin of your vape product suppliers.

Anyone with information regarding counterfeit crimes are asked to contact Commercial Crimes Detectives at (213) 486-6940. During non-business hours or on weekends, calls should be directed to 1-877-LAPD-24-7 (877-527-3247). Anyone wishing to remain anonymous should call the LA Regional Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477) or go directly to www.lacrimestoppers.org. Tipsters may also visit www.lapdonline.org and click on "Anonymous Web Tips" under the "Get Involved-Crime Stoppers" menu to submit an online tip. Lastly, tipsters may also download the "P-3 Tips" mobile application and select the LA Regional Crime Stoppers as their local program.



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