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“Today marked the culmination of a long term investigation. The operation targeted counterfeit merchandise and violations of intellectual property rights,” a DHS spokesman said.

“It’s not the management’s fault. People are in charge of their own shop, so they can do what they want,” said Nicholas Mangs, one of the vendors at Lawrence Flea Market. “I feel bad for them. Victims of the situation. Everybody’s just trying to make it in life.”

An official who spoke on the condition of anonymity called it a “huge operation” with a significant amount of evidence to process. He said the investigation had been going on for several months.

“In recent history, I believe this is probably the largest raid in Massachusetts involving counterfeit goods,” Interim Lawrence Police Chief James Fitzpatrick told the Eagle Tribune.

All those arrested will be arraigned next week in Lawrence District Court.

Nationwide in 2013, the agency seized more than 24,000 shipments of counterfeit goods worth more than $1.7 billion; 67 percent of those seizures were shipped from China.

Fake apparel and accessories comprised about 35 percent of the total seized goods.

One shopper, Juana Benscome, told NewsCenter 5 that she won’t be coming back.

“I’ve shopped for some purses. Some of the purses fell apart because, of course, it’s fraud. It’s fake,” Benscome said. “The city should really be paying more attention to what’s being sold here, so that people do not get hurt.”
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