By Ian Bush

(CBS) – Federal agents yesterday seized $175,000 worth of counterfeit high-end merchandise from a popular Bucks County flea market.

It’s not the first time vendors at Rice’s Market in New Hope have been raided.

This time, John Kelleghan with Homeland Security’s customs enforcement office in Philadelphia says they focused on shutting down those shilling bogus brand-name bags, boots, and beauty supplies.

Kelleghan says, “Burberry, Ugg boots — which are certainly a popular item, especially at holiday time — and a cosmetic line.”

He says a woman who had an adverse reaction to a facial product had to go to the hospital, which led them to take action.  No arrests were made.

The phony products might look good under the tree, but consider the bigger picture, Kelleghan says, “That money that they’re using to buy the product is funding these criminal organizations to not only continue on with their criminal activity, whether it’s in counterfeit merchandising or they’re buying narcotics or sending it back to foreign countries for other criminal activities.”

Officials with Rice’s say counterfeiters aren’t welcome, but the cops are.

Reported by Ian Bush, KYW Newsradio

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