More than $1.5 million in counterfeit LED screens destined for Ranier were seized Wednesday by U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers.

The 1,088 LED screens, with an estimated manufacturer’s suggested retail price of $1,529,600 if the goods had been genuine, were found in a rail containers by officers at the International Falls Port of Entry.

The LED screens were found to be in violation of intellectual property rights regulations.

“CBP is focused on identifying and intercepting counterfeit merchandise and products. The enforcement of trade laws at U.S. ports of entry remains a high priority for us,” said Anthony Jackson, International Falls port director. “Counterfeiting adversely affects the ability of lawful copyright holders to profit from their original ideas. Counterfeiting also harms consumers because manufacturers of forged products have little motivation to use safe, high-quality materials in their products.”

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