Fraudulent Disney piñatas seized at Douglas port of entry

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By Jennifer Thomas By Jennifer Thomas

DOUGLAS, Ariz. -- U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers seized an illegal shipment of Disney character piñatas at the Douglas port of entry.

On Friday, CBP officers were screening commercial entries coming from Mexico. The officers selected a tractor-trailer that was loaded with articles made of papier-mâché, including 108 piñatas designed to look like popular Disney characters.

Further investigation revealed that the fraudulent piñatas were headed to Thornton, Colo.

CBP officers seized the illegal shipment of piñatas for violation of intellectual property rights, which protect the merchandise of legitimate businesses.

"The piñatas may have an appearance of innocence, but the aggregate shipment of illegal merchandise on a national scale can undermine the stability of our nation's economy -- a vital element in national security," said Eli Villarreal, assistant port director and overseer of all commercial operations. "Customs and Border Protection remains committed in securing our nation's borders."