ATLANTA (FOX 5 Atlanta) - Homeland Security agents are busy busting operations who are selling thousands of dollars in counterfeit merchandise on the streets of Atlanta.
HSI with the assistance from Atlanta Police swarmed Greenbriar Discount Mall at 3030 Headland Drive around 2 p.m. Friday.
"Counterfeit merchandise is a multimillion-dollar criminal enterprise. Homeland Security Investigations seized more than $24 million in counterfeit sports merchandise and this is almost always tied to transnational criminal organizations," Bryan Cox of HSI remarked
In just five days, agents have confiscated more than 6,000 items from Buckhead to Old National Highway. They find fake jerseys and hats for New England, the Saints, Kansas City, and even the Falcons.
"You are getting a half price Jersey, but if it falls apart are you really getting a deal? No, you are getting ripped off," Cox exclaimed.
Agents said their goal is to find out where the jerseys were manufactured and who is selling them. So, the real investigative work begins after the bust.
Agents said they will be out all weekend, lofting counterfeit merchandise and shutting people down.