What Happened to Prof Mike Adams? (Video)

MHB Report

University of North Carolina Wilmington Professor Mike Adams’ untimely and tragic death has been designated a suicide. Can we be so sure? Amidst a tide of ill will and violence against unpopular opinion, is it perhaps an intentional message directed toward those who harbor unpopular, “politically incorrect” views? It is becoming increasingly apparent that we no longer live in a country where free speech and lively exchange of ideas is permissible and encouraged.

America’s Frontline Doctors SCOTUS Press Conference (Video)

A group of American doctors calling themselves “America’s Frontline Doctors” held a press conference on COVID-19, hydroxychloroquine, and more outside the Supreme Court of the United States.

The video has been censored by US legacy and social media, yet with little-if-any substantive justification apart from allegedly relating “misleading” or “false” information. MHB does not condone the use of any COVID-19 treatments outlined in this press conference.

Read the transcript of their press conference here.

Florida Judge Denies Motion For Temporary Injunction of Mask Mandate

Florida Civil Rights Coalition
(July 27, 2019)

After a 2-hour Zoom hearing viewed by tens of thousands of concerned citizens last week, Palm Beach County Circuit Court Judge John S. Kastrenakes unsurprisingly denied our clients’ motion for temporary injunctive relief against Palm Beach County’s unconstitutional mask mandate, paving the way for continued government tyranny under the guise of disease prevention in Palm Beach County. The full order is available on our blog.

Notably, Judge Kastrenakes’ Order states, “[a] mask is no more a ‘medical procedure’ than putting a Band-Aid on an open wound”, “[t]here is no reasonable expectation of privacy as to whether one covers their nose and mouth in public places” and “we do not have a constitutional or protected right to infect others”.


Five Ukrainians dead in COVID19 vaccine Trial

Eight in Intensive Care

(JULY 17, 2020)

[Translation from the Russian:]

Four APU fighters died in Ukraine after receiving a coronavirus vaccine developed by American specialists. This was announced by the representative of the press service of the People’s Militia of the self-proclaimed Luhansk People’s Republic Alexander Mazeikin.

According to him, the drug is being tested in the Kharkiv region. Among the volunteers – 15 people, in particular, ten of them are infected with COVID-19.

In the study, eight patients’ health deteriorated sharply and they were transferred to intensive care. As a result, five patients, including four servicemen, died from complications caused by the infection, Mazeikin said. He stressed that doctors were unable to provide the necessary assistance to the victims because they did not have information about the composition of the injections.

He also noted that the vaccines, presumably, could be used in some medical institutions in the Kharkiv region, which caused complications in patients with weak immunity, according to the Luhansk Information Center. Earlier it became known that the American vaccine against COVID-19 has been tested on humans. A strong immune response to coronavirus was recorded in all 45 patients who participated in the first phase of the study.

The drug was created by the American biotechnology company Moderna. During clinical trials, patients received two doses of the potential vaccine, and all volunteers developed antibodies. The trials involved 45 healthy people aged 18 to 55 years. It is specified that each of the three groups received the mRNA-1273 vaccine in different dosages twice with an interval of 28 days.

Earlier NEWS.ru wrote that clinical trials of the vaccine, created by specialists of the Research Center (SIC) of Epidemiology and Microbiology named after NF Gamalei, began in Russia on June 18. Two groups of volunteers have already been vaccinated. They consist of contract soldiers and civilians.

Testing is carried out by specialists of the Main Military Clinical Hospital named after NN Burdenko and the State Medical University named after IM Sechenov.

In the second half of June, the head of the SIC Alexander Ginzburg said that the release of the Russian vaccine against coronavirus may begin in autumn 2020. Prior to that, Deputy Prime Minister Tatiana Golikova said that the start of production is expected in September. In August-September, manufacturers expect to register the drug.

The Chekist (Video)

Since the United States appears to be in the midst of a socialist-inspired insurrection, history may instruct on the human toll previous communist revolutions have wrought in terms of persecution, suffering, and death. For the past several decades such stories have been censored or stricken entirely from scholarly treatises, education and popular culture. As a result, the American public has little wherewithal to discern the communist revolutionaries’ methods for seizing power and ultimate goals, the foremost of which involves the elimination of anyone suspected of “counterrevolutionary” activities.

Under communism the state, its policies, police and military are elevated to “God-like” status, all countervailing ecclesiastical and political viewpoints are automatically considered thoughtcrimes that carry the death sentence. As a result in post-revolutionary Russia alone several million Christian men, women and children were mercilessly tortured, raped and murdered. The Chekist is an excellent starting point for understanding the barbaric and murderous end game of the Marxist-communist state.-Ed

The film The Chekist (1992), a Russian-French co-production, was directed by well known Russian director Alexander Rogozhkin and based on a short story by Vladimir Zazubrin. 

The film takes place during the Russian civil war, following the 1917 Russian Revolution. Andrey Srubov, a revolutionary from a Russian upper class family, heads a local “CheKa” (Lenin’s Soviet secret police) department in a Siberian town recently taken from the anti-communist White Army. Srubov, together with his colleague Isaac Katz and Ian Pepel (the latter based in part on Latvian CheKa leader Martin Latsis) sign the death warrants of countless people who’s main fault is belonging to the “enemy class” of the Soviet regime. 

(Warning: Graphic Subject Matter and Visual Content)

Former White officers, priests, “bourgeois” intellectuals, and anyone who stands in the way of suspicion are led into a cold rat infested cellar, forced to undress, and are shot without trial or even the pronouncement of sentence. Their bodies are carried out by truckloads every night, while their clothes are divided up by their executioners. Srubov, who’s own father was executed by his current cohort, Katz, finds ways of morally justifying the murders he is committing in the name of the ‘revolution’. 

This film, which is currently no longer in distribution, offers a gristly look at the realities of Lenin and Trotsky era Bolshevism, known as the “Red Terror”. In all fairness to history, the film spares the audience of the full extent of the horrors of the Cheka basement, but it gives enough of an idea. It also reveals the psyche and attitudes of the killers themselves, offering us a peak into their dark world. 

The film was based on the short story by Vladimir Zazubrin called Schepka (Wood Chip).

Zazubrin’s short story was released very briefly in a Soviet literary magazine in 1923, then was banned within a year’s time. Copies of the magazine were destroyed. Zazubrin himself ended up becoming a victim of the apparatus he wrote about during the purge of 1937. The story was only published again in 1989, during the Glasnost era. 

(Via the film’s Facebook page.)

Who is Shaun King? (Video)

MHB Report

A communist-style revolt is sweeping across the United States. In recent weeks Black Lives Matter activist Shaun King has called for the destruction of “White European Jesus” statues and imagery. But exactly how European is Shaun King, and how closely is he tied to the entities bankrolling the revolution? MHB Report investigates.

Italian Catholic Association to Bring Criminal Proceedings Against the World Health Organization

The Remnant Newspaper
(July 16, 2020)

Editor’s Note: Readers will recall the May 7, 2020 “Appeal for the Church and the World to Catholics and All People of Good Will,” which was published here at The Remnant, and signed by eight bishops, three cardinals, many theologians, priests, medical doctors, journalists and Catholic activists. 

As editor of The Remnant, I was also one of the original signatories.

The Appeal appeared in The Remnant under the headline: Worse Than Death: A Pandemic Warning from Cardinal Zen, Cardinal Müller and Archbishop Viganò

It’s as three-page document, released in six languages, which demanded that governmental leaders respect people’s inalienable rights and fundamental freedoms in light of the Covid-19 pandemic.

“The State has no right to interfere,” the Appeal noted, “for any reason whatsoever, in the sovereignty of the Church,” and it asked that restrictions on the celebration of public Mass and Sacraments be removed.

Well, that Appeal has now moved on to the next stage.  The organization responsible, Vicit Leo, has posted the following press release on their website www.vicitleo.org, in which they announce their intention to “bring criminal proceedings against the World Health Organization and others whom the Vicit Leo association considers may be open to criminal prosecution.”

It goes without saying that we here at The Remnant support this initiative and ask our readers to work and pray for the success of this important initiative undertaken by our traditional Catholic Italian allies. MJM

vicit leo logo


Increasing numbers of people around the world are becoming more and more concerned about coercive measures being enforced by governments to combat Covid-19. And perhaps even greater concern is expressed about further measures that are proposed by powerful unelected bodies such as the World Health Organization.

In May an international ‘Appeal for the Church and the World’, signed by several Cardinals and Bishops, alongside specialists from the legal, medical and scientific professions, including such luminaries as President John F. Kennedy’s nephew Robert F. Kennedy Jr., was launched by the Italian Vicit Leo association. The appeal, which can be read here, expressed deep concerns about the human rights implications of worldwide lock-down, phone tracking, and proposed enforcement of mask-wearing and mandatory injections. It claimed that “many authoritative voices in the world of science and medicine confirm that the media’s alarmism about Covid-19 appears to be absolutely unjustified.”

Two months later and the sentiments behind that appeal are starting to take on the shape of an internationally-networked human rights campaign that aims to bring criminal proceedings against the World Health Organization and others whom the Vicit Leo association considers may be open to criminal prosecution.

A recently issued campaign letter, which can be read here, informs its readers that “in the coming months Vicit Leo will launch a series of extensive meetings and investigations under the supervision of its Scientific Committee, its Juridical Committee, and its Ethics Committee” and that this “will take place in different countries in Europe, the USA, and around the world.”

The Vicit Leo association is asking for people who share the concerns expressed in the appeal to help them by making it their own campaign, and for those with professional expertise in law, medicine, natural science, journalism and political lobbying to contact them with a view to becoming part of the professional backbone of this international human rights project.


Trump CAVES: Directly funds BILL GATES ‘Global Alliance VACCINE Initiative’ after ‘withdrawing’ money from WHO

Investment Watch Blog
(July 13, 2020)

President Donald Trump sent a video message of support for the Gates Global Vaccine Alliance after Johnson personally reached out. Although Trump did not specify the US pledge amount in his message, the United States Agency for International Development had announced in February a pledge of US $1.16 billion.

”There are no borders, [the virus] doesn’t discriminate, it’s been it’s nasty but we can all take care of it together. It’s great to be partnering with [GAVI]. We will work hard, we will work strong…good luck, let’s get the answer,” said Trump, under fire from critics at home and abroad for his handling of massive civil unrest in the wake of the police murder of a black Minneapolis man.

A June 5 press release declares the funding will “play a major role in the rollout of a future Cover-19 vaccine”:

“We have secured a fantastic US $8.8. billion for GAVI’s work over the next five years and I’d like to thank everyone very, very much,” said UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson at yesterday’s event.

While much of the money will go to funding GAVI’s routine immunization programmes, the public-private partnership is also poised to play a major role in the rollout of a future Covid-19 vaccine.

No wonder Trump keeps Fauci around, he needs someone to fondle Gates’s balls for him while he’s ‘busy’ in the Whitehouse:

Gates Foundation Vaccine Initiative Leadership Council are comprised of:

Dr. Margaret Chan, Director General of WHO;
Dr. Anthony S. Fauci, Director of NIAID, part of the National Institutes of Health;
Mr. Anthony Lake, Executive Director for UNICEF;
Ms. Joy Phumaphi, Chair of the International Advisory Committee and Executive Secretary, African Leaders Malaria Alliance
Dr. Tachi Yamada, President of Global Health at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation;

Social Credit Score USA: Visa Blacklists My Family

Last month Gab.com and its chief executive Andrew Torba were denied services by Visa corporation. They were offered no explanation, yet it’s apparently because of the social media platform’s mission of providing a free speech-oriented alternative to Twitter. “This is obviously very concerning,” Torba says.

“We have done nothing wrong. Gab is and always has been a legally operated business. We sell hats, shirts, and a software subscription service that unlocks new features on Gab. My personal credit score is in the 800’s. I pay my bills. I have a wife and daughter to provide for, yet we are all being punished and defamed because someone at Visa has it out for me.”

As Torba suggests in the statement below, Silicon Valley media tech giants and their allies like Visa have no sense of fair play. Like the past century’s communist totalitarians, their approach to any individual or entity that poses a challenge and is at variance with the “party line” is to silence them at any cost.-Ed.

Andrew Torba
CEO, Gab

As many of you already know we learned last week that Visa blacklisted Gab and we are now unable to process credit and debit card transactions. We learned more information this week and I think it’s important that I share it as a warning for others.

It’s not just Gab that is blacklisted. It’s also my family.

In China there is something called the Social Credit System, which was developed by the Communist Chinese Party as a “national reputation system.” This system tracks the “trustworthiness” of individuals, businesses, and organizations. “Trustworthiness” here means total and complete submission to the Chinese Communist Party. If the Communist Party deems you to be untrustworthy, you are denied access to plane tickets, train tickets, opening and operating businesses, and more.

“As of June 2019, according to the National Development and Reform Commission of China, 26.82 million air tickets as well as 5.96 million high-speed rail tickets have been denied to people who were deemed “untrustworthy (失信)” (on a blacklist), and 4.37 million “untrustworthy” people have chosen to fulfill their duties required by the law.”

To most Americans this sounds horrifying, and it is. I now know from first-hand experience because this social credit system exists in the United States. While it may not be sanctioned by the United States government, it most certainly has been deployed by US corporations who today have in many ways more power, data, and control over our lives than our government does. Many of these corporations also happen to be endorsing and raising money for communist organizations, revolutionaries, and the domestic terrorists burning down our cities.

We were told this week that not only is Gab blacklisted by Visa as a business, but my personal name, phone number, address, and more are all also blacklisted by Visa. If I wanted to leave Gab tomorrow (something that isn’t going to happen) and start a lemonade stand I wouldn’t be able to obtain merchant processing for it.

Simply because my name is Andrew Torba.

If my wife wants to start a business she won’t be able to obtain merchant processing because she lives at the same address as me and would be flagged by Visa.

This is obviously very concerning. We have done nothing wrong. Gab is and always has been a legally operated business. We sell hats, shirts, and a software subscription service that unlocks new features on Gab. My personal credit score is in the 800’s. I pay my bills. I have a wife and daughter to provide for, yet we are all being punished and defamed because someone at Visa has it out for me.

We were told that Visa has someone camping on our website watching our payment processing. As soon as we get a new processor up they find out who it is on their end and contact them. They tell the processor that Gab is flagged for “illegal activity” and if they do not stop processing payments for us they will be heavily fined.

When the processor inquires about this alleged “illegal activity,” Visa tells them that Gab has been flagged for “hate speech.” “Hate speech,” is of course not illegal in the United States of America and is protected by the First Amendment. As I have written, it’s not real and I refuse to acknowledge it as term. Visa doesn’t agree with me.

The reason I share all of this is that I hope it serves as a wakeup call and as a warning.

If they can do this to me, they can do it to you and they likely will.

Christians need to be especially concerned and aware of this. The Communist revolutionaries taking over the United States are coming for us all. It’s only a matter of time before the Bible is labeled as “hate speech” and churches start to experience what I am going through right now.

And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name. Revelation 13:17

Andrew Torba

CEO, Gab.com

June 26th, 2020

Occult Ritual Transformation and Coronavirus

How Mask Wearing, Hand Washing, “Social Separation” and Lockdowns Are Age-Old Occult Rituals Being Used to Initiate People Into a New Global Order

Regardless of ones spiritual or theological bearings, we have found this to be an especially insightful article. It is certainly among the most provocative on the “coronavirus pandemic,” and the totalitarian-style practices it entails, to which so many civic leaders and citizenry have succumbed.-Ed.

Steve Barwick
Have Ye Not Read

(May 19, 2020)

In previous Bible studies and commentaries, I’ve documented many times now that our global leaders today are largely occultists. (See hereherehere and here.)

So are the owners of many of our country’s largest businesses and sports franchises.  (See here and here.)

Even celebrities push occultism constantly. (See here.)

And quite frankly, many Christian churches have been infiltrated by practitioners of Kabbalah, which is a book of Jewish mysticism, magick spells, enchantments, man-made numerology and other esoteric and occult practices that the orthodox rabbis use in the course of their daily lives, and now teach Christian leaders to use, as well. (See here.)

So, with so many of the world’s “top tier” leaders pushing occultism – including those enemies of Christ who run the four hidden dynasties of politics, education, economics and religion — it should come as no surprise to you that the entire global coronavirus crisis is replete with occult symbology and ritual occult initiation themes.

Indeed, as you’ll see throughout the rest of this commentary, the entire manufactured coronavirus crisis is one giant, occult ritual from start to finish, divided up into four mini-rituals, each with the distinct occult purpose of initiation and transformation of the world and its people into a new global order.

So, let’s start by examining the four distinct, but interrelated, occult rituals that make up this massive global occult ritual initiation ceremony:

  1. Ritual Mask-Wearing
  2. Ritual Hand-Washing
  3. Ritual “Social Distancing”
  4. Ritual Lockdowns

In the course of examining these four occult rituals, I’ll do my best to explain to you how each one is part of an elaborate stage play designed to symbolically initiate the people of this world into their new positions in a new global order – a new order that rejects Jesus Christ and Christianity, and puts the people of this world under the ultimate control of a global elite whose god is the devil himself.


“Crying Wolf”: Revisiting a Classic Analysis of the Media Hoax Phenomenon

In 1994 independent researcher Laird Wilcox published Crying Wolf: Hate Crime Hoaxes in America, an especially prescient and helpful study on “racist and anti-semitic hoaxes” that today more than ever deserves the concerted attention of citizens and civic leaders alike.

At present the US divide over race and gender-based issues is being exacerbated by certain well-financed groups with much broader political objectives. The grievances are used as rationale to justify a variety of activities that just a few months ago would have seemed a bit beyond-the-pale–wide-scale looting and vandalism, civil insurrection, and the abrupt termination of people’s livelihoods simply because of an errant social media post or email.

For over 50 years Wilcox has studied “political fringe groups” on the left and right. The extent of this research culminated in his founding Wilcox Collection of Contemporary Political Movements, housed the University of Kansas, Wilcox’s alma mater.

Wilcox’s fundamental argument is that race and ethnic-based hoaxes are typically employed by extremist groups to project victim status that in turn furthers a certain political project. “There are three main reasons,” according to Wilcox.

The first has to do with the personal payoff for victimization, i.e., attention, sympathy, a sense of importance, feeding persecution fantasies, and material payoffs. The second has to do with advancing a political or social agenda, as in the case of hoaxes intending to create support for regulations or legislation, or to help create a climate sympathetic to specific interest groups. The third has to do with insurance fraud, with the racial or anti-Semitic element almost an afterthought. Most hoaxes are combinations of the first two types [emphases added].

If “social activists” can be contracted to commit arson and vault bricks through store windows, as news reports of recent rioting suggest, there’s nothing preventing them from also being hired to spray bigoted, “white supremacist” graffiti in public spaces.

Most importantly, not only do hoaxes create an environment where entire political agendas, legislative programs, and even history itself are predicated on lies and falsehood, they also create the basis for “boy cries wolf” scenarios, where true hate crimes and their victims are dismissed out-of-hand or not treated with the seriousness they in fact deserve.

The following is an excerpt from Crying Wolf‘s initial pages. The entire book is available at the link below.

Foreword to 1994 Edition

This book grew out of a research project I began in 1988 when the issue of racist and anti-Semitic hoaxes first came to my attention in a serious way. I had learned in talking with a former associate in the civil rights movement of the 1960s that a cross-burning I had always assumed was done by white racists was, in fact, done by civil rights workers. This aroused my curiosity, and more extensive probing convinced me that it may not be an uncommon occurrence.
Laird Wilcox. Image Source: Wikipedia

I quickly discovered that there were almost no sources of information on the subject of racist and anti-Semitic hoaxes. Rightwing groups, whom one might suspect would keep tabs on this, were rendered almost useless by their conspiratorial approach to the subject. The various black and Jewish groups were reluctant to discuss the issue. It was evidently a subject that had to be researched from scratch.

In 1989 I established the “Hoaxer Project” to bring together information on the subject. I managed to collect a number of newspaper clippings and in 1990 published a small report entitled The Hoaxer Project Report. Altogether some 5,500 copies of that report were circulated. A few readers began sending me clippings of hoaxes that actually made the newspapers as well as their own accounts of incidents they knew or suspected were hoaxes.

In time this added up to some 300 documented incidents from which the cases described in this book were drawn. I did not have the resources of a clipping service or a large network of “monitors” to assist me. If I had, this compilation might be many times as large.

Obviously, hoaxers are people who have exercised pretty bad judgment. Their acts may have been hurtful to others and they have usually violated various laws. Nevertheless I think it’s important to avoid the concept of “good guys” and “bad guys” when considering this issue. What we seem to have instead are those who are simply responding to an opportunity.

Whenever an abstract ideal acquires the moral urgency that racial equality or opposition to “bigotry” has today, it’s only a matter of time until we find individuals for whom the noble end justifies the questionable means. The militant, moralizing fanatic — quick to compromise important principles in order to enjoy the flush of righteousness — is the stumbling block which any reasonable resolution of racial/ethnic problems must overcome.

Further, in my experience, this uncompromising behavior is often a way of compensating for a hidden inner ambivalence. The social psychologist Harold D. Lasswell has written that “dogma is a defensive reaction in the mind of the theorist, but doubt of which he is unaware.”

This unconscious ambivalence appears to explain the willingness of many so-called “anti-racists” to justify and practice a kind of reverse racism or “counter-bigotry.” This manifests itself in the “good” discrimination of affirmative action and race-preferential policies, as well as in rationalizing prejudicial and stereotyping statements about white people.

Twenty years ago one couldn’t have said this, but today discrimination in schools, housing, jobs and government is minimal. Institutional racism is virtually gone. In its place, a series of preferential policies are firmly established.

In recent years “anti-racists” have proclaimed that virtually every behavior and institution in our society is covertly racist. Anti-racism has become a small industry in the United States. Entire career fields are built around defining and combatting “racism” in one form or another. As individual problems are solved and offensive behaviors disappear, the definition of racism is broadened again and again to include more and more behaviors, hence we have the problem of “increasing” bigotry and intolerance. I suspect the last thing many professional anti-racists want is a truly race-neutral society. They have developed a vested interest in the continuation of the problem, a kind of “co-dependency” relationship, if you will.

It’s no great surprise that a bright, socially-conscious individual would realize quite on his or her own that there’s nothing like some racist graffiti or some other “hate crime” to invigorate the militants, and what the hell, it’s for a good cause – right? Americans are not known for their ability to defer gratification for long. Hence, the racist or anti-Semitic hoax. It’s as easy as apple pie.

Consider a college campus boiling with racial and gender sensitivity, with courses in victimization, organizations for victims, a constant barrage of victimization propaganda — but no immediate and palpable victims. “Anti-racist” vigilantes with no racists (or misogynists and homophobes) to hang had better get busy and make some, and as we see, they often do.

What I see happening with hoaxes is a kind of “market” process: the frequency of hoaxes increases with their utility in accomplishing desired ends. When the “market” or payoff for victimization goes up, the temptation to create victimization where none exists is very strong and the temptation of exaggerate minor cases of alleged victimization is even stronger.

Conversely, as the number of hoaxes increases (assuming they are reported) a greater skepticism toward unproven and marginal victimization claims will probably increase as well, and hoaxes will become less effective. It’s pretty much a matter of supply and demand.

Concerning the text, it’s important to realize that in some cases there may have been further developments in some of the incidents I have covered. If a particular case is important to you, I advise that you attempt to determine its current status. Also, for the most part I relied on journalistic accounts for my information. While I believe that these are generally reliable, one has to be realistic and concede that they are hardly infallible. I have footnoted as many sources as I could find. It is up to the readers to judge their reliability.

Finally, this publication is a continuing project. It is anticipated that future editions will appear. I would like to recruit you to help overcome the disadvantage I have in compiling information on hoaxes. If you see newspaper coverage or other information about a hoax in your community, please send it to me.

Laird Wilcox

Download PDF of Crying Wolf.

Cincinnati customs agents make largest synthetic drug bust in port history

Confiscated Substances Include Counterfeit COVID19 Test Kits

CINCINNATI — Cincinnati customs agents announced Friday a massive bust of multiple goods, including millions in synthetic drugs and counterfeit products that include fake coronavirus test kits. 

Collectively, it’s the largest synthetic drug seizure in the history of the Port of Cincinnati.

On May 11, U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers in Cincinnati seized an air shipment at a local cargo examination station, which has recently yielded 530 pounds of synthetic drugs and controlled substances.

The shipment arrived May 11. Officials said the shipment was chosen for a routine inspection, and yielded 530 pounds of synthetic drugs and controlled substances. 

This shipment came from China and was headed to a single importer in Aurora, Colorado, agents said.

When officers examined the shipment, they found more than 160 smaller packages addressed to individuals and businesses across the nation. These smaller shipments contained various items including regulated medications, agriculture and food products, intellectual property rights violations — such as counterfeit handbags and shoes — and 530 pounds of synthetic drugs and controlled substances.