For the headquarters of a counterfeiting operation that had pulled in $1 million in five years, the house at 2685 Woodbridge Ave. was unremarkable: a two-story clapboard on a block of modest homes in suburban Edison, N.J. Only a black Lorex security camera perched above the front door suggested otherwise.

Outside, on a Monday morning in December 2014, more than a dozen agents waited in their vehicles. Operation Big MAC included representatives from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, the New Jersey Department of the Treasury, the Edison police department, and other agencies. Even the obscure U.S. Postal Inspection Service, the law enforcement branch of the U.S. Postal Service, had gotten involved in the case, helping conduct surveillance on the home for months.

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