The News 4 I-Team analyzed a database of U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service seizures between January 1, 2009 and April 30, 2014 and found a large number of items seized from high-end luxury brands. Here’s a list of some of those brands:
Five items worth $15,680, including clothing made of deer, Yacare caiman and reticulated python, as well as trim using Southern African ostrich and American alligator.
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25 items worth $6,833, including trim using Yacare caiman and leather products made of Nile crocodile.
Two pieces of clothing, worth $3,637, made with vicuna.
448 items worth $138,035 including shoes made of reticulated python, leather products made of caiman, saltwater crocodile, Nile monitor, tegu and reticulated python, as well as American alligator and caiman skins.
Yves Saint Laurent
127 items worth $73,491 including shoes, clothing and leather products made of reticulated python, leather products made from caiman, Sumatra short-tail python, Burmese python and American alligator, as well as trim using South American gray fox, Burmese python and caiman.
21 items worth $3,450, including jewelry using water monitor, trim using caiman and leather products made of American alligator.
Eight items worth $4,939, including shoes made from Burmese python and leather products made of Nile crocodile and reticulated python.
23 items worth $33,618, including a $4,830 garment made of crocodile and leather products made from elk, nile crocodile, saltwater crocodile, Burmese python, blood python and reticulated python.
DeBeers Diamond Jewelry
Three leather products worth $210 made of crocodile.
47 items worth $46,116, including coral jewelry, Siberian sturgeon caviar, oyster shells and trim, as well as leather products using Burmese python, brown caiman, Nile monitor and American alligator.
Four pairs of shoes worth $102 made of python skin.
39 items worth $34,536, including a $17,744 garment made of saltwater crocodile, shoes made of Yacare caiman, trim using American mink and red fox, as well as leather products made of Taiwan stink snake and Nile crocodile.
61 items worth $27,321, including clothing made of Muscovy duck and a leather product made of reticulated python.
Hublot of America
Five leather products worth $1,476 made of Burmese python and saltwater crocodile.
94 items worth $19,551, including clothing made of monitor and python, shoes made of reticulated python, raccoon dog, monitor and fox, as well as leather products made from Nile crocodile, saltwater crocodile, American alligator, monitor, Burmese python and reticulated python.
82 items worth $34,890, including clothing made of vicuna with long-tailed chinchilla trim, more trim made of capybara, as well as leather products using vicuna and saltwater crocodile.
Four items worth $85,209, including a $36,766 leather product made of saltwater crocodile, as well other leather products using American alligator and trim made of Nile crocodile.
LVMH Watch & Jewelry
265 items worth $85,209, including leather products using American alligator, Nile crocodile and python.
LVMH Fashion Group Americas
18 items worth $110,339, including a $50,677 leather item made of saltwater crocodile, as well as American alligator skins and other leather products made from American alligator and reticulated python.
24 Artic Fox and python skins worth $46.