NEWARK, N.J. (AP) Federal officials in New Jersey say five people have pleaded guilty in one of the largest international counterfeit goods operations ever charged.
The U.S. Attorney's office says the defendants were part of a massive ring that attempted to smuggle $325 million in counterfeit goods from China through the Port Newark-Elizabeth Marine Terminal in Elizabeth.
Fifty-three-year-old Yi Jian Chen and 33-year-old Hui Huang, both of New York City, and 40-year-old Ning Guo of People's Republic of China, pleaded guilty Friday in federal court in Newark.
New York City residents Jian Zhi Mo, 45, and 28-year-old Yuan Feng Lai, pleaded guilty Aug. 12 in Newark.
More than 26 individuals have been charged in the investigation, which resulted in arrests in New Jersey, Texas, New York and the Philippines.