Customs officers seize nearly $600K in counterfeit vape pens coming to Atlanta from China

ATLANTA — U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers have kept nearly 20,000 counterfeit vape pens from being distributed across Georgia.

Last week, officers seized 66 boxes of counterfeit vape pens coming into Atlanta from a shipment in China.

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Officers were examining the shipment and noticed they were branded with characters from the television show “Rick and Morty.” They suspected the pens may be subject to copyright and trademark law infringement.

Investigators reached out to Warner Bros. Entertainment INC who confirmed they had not licensed their “Rick and Morty” characters for vape pens.

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Officers seized 19,800 illicit vape pens that had a suggested retail price of more than $590,000.

“One of our primary missions is to intercept merchandise that could pose a serious health risk to the consumer, but this shipment of counterfeit vape pens violated Intellectual Property Rights,” said Paula Rivera, CBP Port Director-Atlanta. “CBP collaborates with many government agencies to enforce laws to protect the health and safety of the consumer and our communities.”

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In 2020, CBP seized 26,503 shipments nationwide that contained good violating intellectual property rights totaling nearly $1.3 billion, had they been genuine.

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