SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - A year-long operation targeting counterfeit sporting goods resulted in the seizure of $39 million worth of merchandise, including about half a million dollars-worth in the Bay Area ahead of Super Bowl 50, U.S. officials said on Thursday.
The so-called Operation Team Player started at the end of last year's Super Bowl in Arizona and authorities have since confiscated some 450,000 illegal items, according to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).
Forty-one people have been arrested on charges related to distributing the fake merchandise, and 35 people have been convicted, ICE said in a statement released ahead of Sunday's NFL championship decider. Items seized included fake NFL shirts and caps.
SAC Ryan Spradlin
Administering the Obama Regime Administrative Amnesty in San Francisco