15,000 knockoff Nikes found at Port Elizabeth

(AP) - Federal authorities in New Jersey say they seized 15,000 pairs of fake Nike shoes at Port Elizabeth as part of a nationwide sweep of counterfeit products.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials announced the seizure Monday as part of World Intellectual Property Rights Day.

They say more than 700,000 fake items were found in 30 cities during Operation Spring Cleaning. The counterfeit goods included medicines.

The value of the seized items was estimated at $44 million. Included in the haul: 24,000 counterfeit watches in Philadelphia. Some 5,000 of them were destroyed Monday.

ICE spokesman Harold Ort said the Nike sneakers found in two shipping containers in New Jersey were worth $1 million.

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