Counterfeit goods valued at more than $150,000 seized at Winchester swap meet; seven people arrested

RIVERSIDE – The Riverside County District Attorney’s Office, along with several other agencies, recently conducted an intellectual property rights enforcement operation resulting in seven arrests and the seizure of counterfeit goods with an estimated retail value of more than $150,000.

The arrests and seizures happened Sunday, March 30 at a swap meet held routinely at the corner of Winchester and Newport roads in Southwest Riverside County.

Two of the seven people were arrested on suspicion of selling counterfeit marks and the other five on suspicion of sales of counterfeit recording or audiovisual work.

Included in the seized counterfeit items were about 30 fake handbags – including Michael Kors and Chanel bags, a pair of Chanel sunglasses, one Burberry belt, about 20 sports jerseys, several hundred cell phone and tablet cases, about a dozen Beats by Dr. Dre headphones, and more than 4,000 CDs and DVDs.

“This type of fraudulent activity has a serious impact on our economy and cheats honest merchants out of their hard-earned money,” said District Attorney Paul Zellerbach.

According to an Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) seizure report issued by the United States Department of Homeland Security in fiscal year 2013, the number of IPR seizures increased nearly 7 percent from fiscal year 2012 and the manufacturer’s suggested retail price (MSRP) of those seized goods increased 38 percent from 2012 to an estimated $1.7 billion.

The operation conducted in Winchester also included environmental health enforcement during which 14 people were issued misdemeanor citations for operating a food facility without a permit and other health code violations. An estimated 2,500 pounds of potentially hazardous food had to be destroyed.

The operation was conducted by representatives from the DA’s Office, the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department, county Code Enforcement, county Department of Environmental Health, and the Recording Industry Association of America.

Similar operations will continue to be done without notice at this swap meet and any other location where it is believed intellectual property rights and/or health code violations may be occurring.

7 Responses to "Counterfeit goods valued at more than $150,000 seized at Winchester swap meet; seven people arrested"

  1. who cares   April 1, 2014 at 9:27 pm

    Thank goodness, I hope they close it down. Looks like Tijuana.

  2. OLLIE   April 2, 2014 at 11:56 am


  3. so "who cares"...   April 2, 2014 at 4:55 pm

    …you mean you buy everything you own "brand new"? Nothing you have is second hand? If so, good for you, but not everyone is in your situation, you stuck up fufu. And I don’t think swap meets were invented in Tj, do you? Mexican’s invented swap meets? So, the swap meet at the hot rod show car show this weekend should also be shut down? Give them a break. Your screen name says it all, "who cares". Why do you care? Is it affecting you directly? Let me buy my illegal items in peace!

  4. wow   April 2, 2014 at 11:07 pm

    wow took them 10 years to conduct this. What a waste of taxes, people know what they are buying let them buy crap. Please go waste our taxes on finding rapist, drug dealers, serial killers, psychos and people that are really endangering are cities. Example Marijuana — What happen to that BOOOOOOOOOOOOM in your face. Had to approve it cause one day government woke up and realize it was not really a big deal and was only pouring are taxes — this is JUST another example LEARN LEARN LEARN!!!

  5. The Real criminal   April 3, 2014 at 1:35 pm

    The owner of the swap meet has been welcoming criminals and gets money from them. The owner should have the property seized as a continuing criminal enterprise.

  6. perplexed   April 3, 2014 at 11:15 pm

    I was there that day around 10:00 am is whent the d.a. cops showed up and the health department of Riverside .The cops or d.a. "investigators"
    Treated the food vendors like criminals some were handcuffed , really they’re going to really hurt someone with kitchen utensils I even heard a "investigator" say these two are the top player’s they’re holding the money really wow money from selling food they made it sound like they were selling crack and heroine. So sad that our tax dollars are being wasted on illegal food vendors not on the drug dealers and "gangsters in the area . Well I guess any excuse for the local law to feel like cowboys how pathetic
    You know most of them are now just paper pushers

  7. Amazed   April 20, 2014 at 7:42 am

    I can’t believe "who cares" comment. If she’s do against swap meets why go? Or is it just Mexican swapmeet? I sure hope she does everything by the book and doesn’t lie. Make sure the housekeeper or nanny you have has her papers too lol cannot believe people are still ignorant and racist. Everyone loves a bargain. But some people are not happy no matter what. And always complains. Why spend tax dollars on a sting. Spend the time to get the dead beat parents not paying child support and other criminals. I will still go to swapmeet.


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