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20,000 pairs of counterfeit True Religion jeans seized

August 20, 2010 |  3:06 pm

Federal customs agents Friday discovered a shipping container at the Port of Long Beach full of more than 20,000 pairs of counterfeit True Religion designer jeans.

The men's jeans from China were shipped to Long Beach, where customs agents examined the container and found the items to be illegal knockoffs, said Tracy Cormier, an agent with Immigration and Customs Enforcement in Los Angeles.

The True Religion label on each pair of jeans was covered with another label that read, “Tough–Made in the USA” in an attempt to fool the agents, she said.

Agents allowed the container through customs and followed the shipment to a Los Angeles warehouse, where police officers arrested Wook Kweon Hyo, Cormier said.

He was charged with one count of trademark infringement. The jeans had a street value of roughly $1.5 million, Cormier said.

-- Sam Quinones

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