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MIAMI (CBSMiami) – More than a thousand pieces of counterfeit high-end jewelry was confiscated at Miami International Airport.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers seized 1,200 counterfeit Tiffany bracelets on Wednesday.
If the jewelry had been real, it would have been worth more than $2.8-million. The jewelry arrived in a shipment from China.
CBP officers suspected the jewelry was counterfeit because the bracelets were not made with the high quality consistent with Tiffany jewelry.
“CBP has an exceptional team of officers and import specialists that are experts in identifying counterfeit goods,” said Miami International Airport Port Director Christopher Maston. “They work closely with the private industry to identify intellectual property infringement.”
In Fiscal Year 2014, CBP made more than 23,000 seizures of counterfeit goods, which, if genuine, would have an estimated total MSRP value of $1.2 billion.