Nassau Police Bust Massive Counterfeit Goods Operation

NEW CASSEL, N.Y. (AP) -

Authorities say an eviction warrant has led to the discovery of a massive counterfeit designer goods operation on Long Island.

Newsday reports that Nassau police found 3,000 boxes stuffed with clothes and merchandise at the 5,000-square-foot warehouse in New Cassel.

Authorities on Monday called it an elaborate operation and among the largest counterfeiting busts in Nassau history. Three people were arrested on counterfeiting charges.

Authorities say women were driven from Queens to stitch fake tags on purses, clothing and other merchandise using four “high volume” embroidery machines. Fake tags included Louis Vuitton, Chanel and North Face.

The discovery was made last Thursday when authorities went to the warehouse with the eviction warrant; the renter hadn’t paid the rent in four months and couldn’t be found.

The investigation is continuing.