Flea market knock-off bust totals $30 million

LAWRENCE, Mass. (AP) — The Department of Homeland Security says a recent flea market raid in Lawrence brought in more than $30 million worth of knock-off purses, clothing and pirated DVDs and CDs.

Authorities said Thursday about three tractor trailers worth of items were seized on May 10 after an extensive federal investigation.

Interim Lawrence Police Chief James Fitzpatrick says it was the largest counterfeit bust in Massachusetts’ history. Fitzpatrick says local businesses tipped off the police.

Phony items labeled as brands including Michael Kors, Nike, Louis Vuitton and Ugg Australia were found at the two flea markets.

Forty-two individual vendors were arrested on state charges. They have all pleaded not guilty and are due back in court in July.

Both flea markets are still open. Management has not been charged.

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