Rick and Morty bootleg vape pens intercepted at O'Hare

Rick and Morty -- copyrighted characters -- appeared on packaging for China-made vape products. Photo credit U.S. Customs and Border Protections

(WBBM NEWSRADIO) — Customs agents at O'Hare International Airport this week seized 77,000 Rick and Morty vape pens from China that were headed to Georgia.

U.S. Customs and Border Protections officers found the popular cartoon characters on the packaging and suspected they violated copyright and trademark laws.

Rick and Morty
An example of the contraband vaping products. Photo credit U.S. Customs and Border Protection

They were right. Authorities called Warner Bros. and confirmed the company didn't license their Rick and Morty copyright for vape pens.

“Often CBP seizes vape pens because they violate FDA guidelines, but these parcels violate copyright laws which adds to the charges and complexity of the case,” said Shane Campbell, Area Port Director-Chicago. “Counterfeit products are unsafe for consumers, harm the economy, damage the revenue and image of the companies, and could cost American jobs.”

The bootlegged merchandise is estimated to be worth $1.5 million.