Big Fake Apple Bust in Anchorage

An example of a counterfeit Apple product that was seized. Photo courtesy of U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

Thousands of counterfeit Apple products were recently intercepted at the Anchorage airport.

A large shipment of fake Apple computer products was stopped at the Fed Express package handling facility at the Anchorage airport just before the Christmas holiday. Customs and Border Protection officers came across the counterfeit products as they were examining a shipment from China to destinations in the Lower 48.

“Customs and Border Protection officers opened some packages on a routine basis and discovered approximately $650,000 worth of counterfeit Apple cables and adapters,” Frank Falcon, spokesman for Customs and Border Protection in San Francisco, said.

Officers made the discovery on Dec. 22. A press release says the packaging was substandard. Falcon says this may be one of the largest such busts ever made in the U.S.

“I’m not aware of anything of that volume that has come into the country,” Falcon said. “I think that’s probably one of the largest that’s been intercepted.”

Falcon says the counterfeit Apple items will be destroyed and it’s unlikely the shipper will ever be identified.

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