Operation Team Player is an ongoing operation that begins after every Super Bowl and runs through the next one targeting international shipments of counterfeit sports merchandise entering the United States.
The Operation is run by the Home Land Security-led National Intellectual Property Rights Coordination Center (IPR Center), which coordinates its investigations with several law enforcement agencies.
At a June 30th , press conference held in Tampa, Florida, representatives from Homeland Security Investigations (HIS), the National Football League (NFL), U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) announced that in the past year169,000 counterfeit sports-related items worth $45 million had been seized under Operation Team Player.
According to the Organization for Economic Trade and Development, counterfeit trade in pharmaceuticals is a growing problem currently worth $4.4 billion. Interpol has been organizing a global operation code-named Pangea to combat the problem.
Interpol’s 14th Operation Pangea concluded in late June with impressive results:
113,OO websites were taken down in 92 participating countries;
22 people arrested
710,000 packages checked;
500,000 fake surgical masks seized in Italy
23 million fake devices of which more than half were counterfeit Covid testing kits
The family of Los Angeles Angels pitcher Tyler Skaggs who died from a drug overdose in 2019 have recently filed two law suits against the team, the owner’s business and two former employees alleging wrongful death due to negligence and negligent hiring and supervision.
Skaggs ingested a lethal combination of opiods that included a counterfeit pill that contained fentanyl and not oxycodone and alcohol before choking on his own vomit.
“Skaggs likely believed he was taking just oxycodone and not a deadly combination with fentanyl,” the prosecutor has said.