A sting operation conducted by the Department of Homeland Security and the St. George Police Department has resulted in the arrests of three suspects allegedly trying to sell counterfeit merchandise.
Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents and St. George police met the three individuals in the parking lot of a Walmart in Washington City. Agent-in-charge Mark Cutchen was quick to point out that the apparent operation has no connection to Walmart—that was just the meeting location chosen by agents and the suspects.
The three were detained, questioned and eventually released as the investigation continues.
Authorities did not go into details about what counterfeit items might be involved.
Counterfeit items are typically smuggled into the U.S. and not only constitute an economic threat to manufacturers, but can also pose a public threat in that they do not conform to industry standards and quality control.