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French police seize 66 tons of Eiffel Tower miniatures

July 26, 2013 at 4:36 PM
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PARIS, July 26 (UPI) -- French police said a crackdown on illegal street peddling in Paris led to the seizure of 66 tons of miniature Eiffel Tower figurines in a suburban warehouse.

Investigators said the investigation this week led to the seizure of the figurines from a Bourget warehouse, which allegedly supplied the items to about 100 illegal street vendors in Paris, The Local.fr reported Friday.

Police estimated the seized merchandise to be worth $233,000.

The raid also resulted in officers seizing about $206,900 in cash and about $26,500 worth of coins.

Police said a 41-year-old Chinese woman and her 40-year-old brother are suspected of being the ringleaders of the illegal street vending network and were arrested Tuesday. The pair supplied the illegal street vendors with merchandise via their shop in Paris' 3rd Arrondissement.

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