Federal agents have seized thousands of pairs of fake Nike sneakers and charged six men in what is being called one of the largest smuggling rings in recent history.

The alleged plot involved 15 sea cargo containers holding about 135,000 pairs of counterfeit Nike Air Jordans, with a retail value of $16 million. In all, the ring is believed to have shipped 82 containers of counterfeit shoes and athletic clothing into the country, authorities said Tuesday.