U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach on Tuesday stopped a shipment containing 445 counterfeit “Beats by Dr. Dre” headphones and 28 all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) that violated Environmental Protection Agency rules.
The seized merchandise was valued at $171,499.
"This seizure demonstrates the vigilance of CBP officers and partner agencies working together at the Commercial Targeting and Analysis Center (CTAC) to ensure the safety of the American public,” said CBP Assistant Commission Allen Gina in a statement.
“The co-location of CBP and partner agencies at the CTAC allows greater sharing of information and targeting tools to ensure the safety of imported merchandise,” he added.
The shipment was targeted for exam by the CBP Commercial Targeting and Analysis Center in Washington. Working together at the CTAC, CBP and Consumer Product Safety Commission personnel identified the shipment as a safety risk and examination of the cargo revealed the counterfeit products. The headphones and ATVs were not certified to meet EPA emissions standards.