PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Federal authorities in Philadelphia seized nearly $1 million worth of counterfeit smartphones. Officers recently snatched up 4,449 combined counterfeit phones in two separate busts, the U.S. Customs and Border Protections announced on Thursday.
Officials say the first shipment was intercepted on July 26, seizing 2,043 LG and ASUS counterfeit smartphones worth $508,707. The second shipment was seized on Aug. 9, capturing 1,926 LG and 480 ASUS counterfeit smartphones worth $432,743.READ MORE: Fired-Up Sixers Fans Pack Wells Fargo Center For Home Opener
In total, officials say the two shipments was worth a manufacturer’s suggested retail price of $941,450 if they were authentic.READ MORE: Student Shoots Himself In Leg Inside West Philadelphia School With Metal Detectors, Police Say
The cellphones came from China via the Dominican Republic to Philadelphia. Officials say the cellphones will be destroyed.Man Shot, Killed Inside West Philadelphia Corner Store, Police Say
Authorities say on a typical day in 2018, CBP officers seized $3.7 million of products that violate Intellectual Property Rights.