Operation Team Player
Operation Team Player is a year-round effort developed by the HSI-led National Intellectual Property Rights Coordination Center (IPR Center) to crackdown on the illegal importation of counterfeit sports apparel and entertainment merchandise.
On Thursday, Feb. 1, in Minneapolis, the results from the operation were revealed at a press conference hosted by the NFL, with participation from ICE, CBP and the Minneapolis Police Department.
“Over the course of the last year, HSI and CBP’s efforts have led to the seizure of approximately 171,000 sports and entertainment-related items worth an estimated $15.7 million,” said IPR Section Chief Lamar Jackson. “Our joint investigative efforts have also led to 65 criminal arrests and 24 convictions.”
During Super Bowl week, HSI has been tasked to assist local law enforcement in the Minneapolis-St. Paul metropolitan area. Fake jerseys, ball caps, t-shirts, jackets and other souvenirs are among the counterfeit items confiscated this week by, HSI, CBP and other state and local partners.
As one of the U.S. government’s key weapons in the fight against criminal counterfeiting and piracy, the IPR Center is not only committed to closely coordinating with its 23 member agencies, but also collaborating with industry and anti-counterfeiting associations to develop initiatives, coordinate enforcement actions and conduct investigations related to intellectual property theft.
Eyes in the Sky
HSI’s Special Response Team (SRT) has been working to provide security in and around Minneapolis, during the days leading up to Super Bowl 52. SRT members are highly-trained in the use of specialized firearms and defensive tactics, and are prepared to work in any weather conditions, such as the low temperatures expected throughout Super Bowl week.
As one of the U.S. government’s key weapons in the fight against criminal counterfeiting and piracy, the IPR Center is not only committed to closely coordinating with its 23 member agencies, but also collaborating with industry and anti-counterfeitOne of the tactics SRT members are using to provide surveillance is a black hawk helicopter. As an “eye in the sky,” the Aerial Quick Response Force, supported by HSI Detroit SRT members, can get a lay of the land, see where crowds are gathering and let fans and area citizens know that law enforcement is out there to protect the city.