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San Diego-area agents seize thousands of fake toys

December 3, 2009 |  4:57 pm

Thousands of counterfeit toys were seized in recent weeks by federal agents at ports of entry in the San Diego area, authorities said today.Seized Barbie Doll

The fake toys, valued at more than $1.6 million, were shipped in commercial containers that entered at border checkpoints and at the Port of San Diego, according to U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

Among the toys that arrived at the port were more than 2,500 Barbie dolls, which were of low quality and lacked licensing information, the agency said.

At the Otay Mesa checkpoint, agents uncovered more than 3,100 battery-operated vehicles that each bore a counterfeit Jeep trademark, authorities said.

In the 2008 fiscal year, federal agents nationwide intercepted more than $272 million worth of counterfeit goods, the agency said.

—Robert J. Lopez

Photo: A counterfeit Barbie doll.

Credit: U.S. Customs and Border Protection