Apr 19, 2012

Mexican drug cartels tap counterfeit market

El Paso Times: "Mexican drug cartels have expanded their grasp into the counterfeit merchandise market, including in the El Paso area where some vendors were reportedly charged a "quota" to be allowed to operate, federal law enforcement officials said.

Federal agents on Sunday seized thousands of alleged counterfeit items being sold at the Fox Plaza swap meet in one of the largest such raids in El Paso recently.

The raid was part of an investigation by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Homeland Security Investigations, known as HSI. There have been no arrests, officials said Wednesday." read more

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