The heat has caught up to a crew of Nike and Jordans smugglers who are alleged to have sold over $73 million worth of counterfeit sneakers. The crew of five operated and sold the sneakers in the New York and New Jersey area according to the New York Post. The five people accused in the fake-shoe trafficking crew are Mikuki Suen, 43, Jian Min Huang, 42, Songhua Qu, 54, Kin Lui Chen, 53, and Fangrang Qu, 31. They are accused of allegedly receiving and selling over 400,000 pairs of fake sneakers shipped from factories in China over the past two and a half years, according to Homeland Security, US Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials, NJPD and NYPD.
The crew of alleged Nike and Air Jordans counterfeiters operated a tight ring that received the shoes in the USA then allegedly placed Nike logos on the sneakers in their warehouses in Brooklyn and Queens. After which, the sneakers were shipped to be sold nationwide, according to authorities. In the raid, 42 shipping containers of Air Jordan 7s, Air Jordan 11s and other sneakers were seized. Nike has not released a statement regarding this developing story, but they must be pleased after losing close to $100 million in profits due to this intricate operation.