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POSTED: Tuesday, December 21, 2010 - 3:02pm

UPDATED: Tuesday, December 21, 2010 - 7:45pm

EL PASO - Customs and Border Protection officers seized counterfeit Barbie dolls at the El Paso port of entry.

Thousands of the knockoffs have been identified in the past several days.

The toys were contained in two commercial shipments being exported from the U.S. to Mexico.

“The importers paid more than $30,000 for these items however the domestic value of this shipment could easily be eight to 10 times that total,” said Ana Hinojosa, U.S. Customs and Border Protection Director of Field Operations in El Paso. “Part of the CBP mission includes enforcing trade laws. We devote substantial resources to target, intercept, detain, seize and forfeit shipments of goods that violate these laws.”

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Wonder if they tested the dolls to see if they were made with cheap toxic plastic or contained lead in it.

Tainted toys, baby formula, and electronics brought to you by the third world country who manufacturers them and big retailers who sell them.

Hell i have a pair of ear buds that says "warning may contain lead." Returned them ASAP. I should of known their was a reason why they were cheap.

What happened to quality control?

I should have noticed something wasn't right with the Barbie I bought...she had a mustache, hijole!

were they headed for wal mart?

Counterfeit or not - it's all the same Chinese made trash anyway. Who is benefitting from these efforts of U.S. Customs? China and American companies that are exporting U.S. jobs there. Why doesn't the government "devote substantial resources" to stop greedy multinational companies like Mattel, etc. from selling out America.

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