Special agents with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), working jointly with the South Carolina Secretary of State’s Office, Blazer Investigations and Pfizer, seized approximately $4 million in counterfeit goods and pharmaceuticals during a two-week operation that ran from Feb. 19 through Wednesday.
During the two-week operation, Homeland Security special agents and partner law enforcement officers seized proximately $3.6 million in counterfeit pharmaceuticals including Viagra, Cialis and Proscar shipped from India to a warehouse in Columbia.
In a written statement, Homeland security special agent Brock Nicholson stated that imposter drugs like those seized during the operation pose a serious threat to buyers who mistakenly assume these substances are safe.
The operation also netted the seizure of more than $290,000 of counterfeit and pirated goods infringing on trademarked brands like Coach, Prada, Ray Ban, Golf Pride and TaylorMade. Allegedly, the counterfeit and pirated goods were shipped from China to the same reshipping warehouse in Columbia. The total manufacturer’s suggested retail value of the seized goods is approximately $3.9 million.