Feds Raid World’s Largest Flea Market


DALLAS — Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Dallas special agents seized $1.3 million in counterfeit goods April 2, during the First Monday Trade Days market in Canton, Texas.

Over 1,000 items were confiscated, including several boxes of luxury designer goods such as high-end purses, caps, shoes and sunglasses.

“Those who attempt to profit from the selling of counterfeit items will face consequences for their illegal actions,” said Ryan L. Spradlin, special agent in charge HSI Dallas. “The infringement of intellectual property rights is a growing threat to our economic viability that cannot stand.”

The Canton Police Department, Texas Department of Public Safety Criminal Investigation Division and industry experts with Investigation Services Company, LLC each played a critical role in supporting the seizure. The Van Zandt County District Attorney, Tonda Currey will be handling the prosecution. Felony charges are pending for the individuals allegedly selling the counterfeit goods.

“Buying and selling counterfeit items poses a significant threat to our local economy and the dedicated vendors who come to Canton for legitimate business ventures,” said Tonda Curry, criminal district attorney, Van Zandt County. “We will work relentlessly with our federal law enforcement partners to prosecute anyone who sells fake items at our trade days, having no tolerance for those who disregard laws related to trademark infringement.”

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