Bogus Detroit Tigers Merchandise Seized

WARREN (WWJ/AP) – U.S. Customs and Border Protection has seized over 100 boxes of counterfeit Detroit Tigers hats and headbands, that officials say were headed to Warren, Michigan, from China.

Spokesman Ken Hammand said the Tigers’ Old English D was being illegally used on the items.

He said it’s important to stop these kinds of products from entering the U.S.

“Because it’s textiles, we almost always want to examine textiles and we came across of these 112 boxes with hats and you discover that they had trademarks, logos and we turned them to our import specialist who’ll later determine with the help of our industry partners that they were in the counterfeit,” Hammand said.

The 112 boxes are being kept in storage pending further investigation.

“CBP is charged with enforcing intellectual property,” said Hammand. “It protects not only the property like owner but it protects the U.S. economy in terms of keeping unsafe products and counterfeit products away from the U.S. markets so therefore it protects our overall economy.”

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