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Counterfeit items seized from Raleigh store

Posted September 14, 2009

— From Coach purses to Nike Air Jordan sneakers and Gucci shoes, investigators seized 1,593 knockoffs during a raid at a Raleigh store.

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Investigators obtained a search warrant Sept. 9 for EZ Jeans at 1807 Garner Road. The retail value of the merchandise seized from the store was estimated at $250,000, according to search warrants.

"It is vital because this is stealing … stealing from the legitimate manufacture,” North Carolina Secretary of State Elaine Marshall said.

The raid came after investigators said they received tips from residents that the store was selling counterfeit items.

In 2004, the North Carolina Anti-Counterfeit Trademark Task Force was established to train law-enforcement officers to spot knockoffs since the merchandise is often hard to detect.

Consumer Reports offers advice on detecting counterfeit items on its Web site.


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  • ssgoodlife Sep 16, 2009

    Great use of our Tax dollars, all the drugs,rapes and murders and Joe on the corner has a fake purse that an average person can actually afford and he gets in trouble for it. nice

  • Squirreling Dervish Sep 15, 2009

    well, Secretary Marshall IS running for Richard Burrs seat, so there is no publicity like FREE publicity...

  • The Fox Sep 15, 2009

    A man has to make a living some way..... said the criminal

  • ThatsWhatIThought Sep 15, 2009

    kinda scary you can buy counterfit toothpaste. not sure if it was seized from this location, but when the story aired last night, Elaine Marshall had some that had been seized.

  • THE ETERNAL Sep 15, 2009

    Few people will know the difference, so let it go. A man has to make a living some way.

  • momeeee Sep 15, 2009

    The storefront looks like a place where one would find authentic Gucci and Coach! I am apalled....

  • JustOneGodLessThanU Sep 15, 2009

    soccermomof2guys, government is by the people for the people...so do a little work and help us all out, eh?

    If you truly have first-hand knowledge of a crime, please report it.

    Here's Ms. Marshall's (Secretary of State) website with contact info: http://www.sosnc.com/

  • soccermomof2guys Sep 15, 2009

    Vivid Tan on Creedmoor Rd sells fake Louis Vuitton, Juicy, Gucci, and other fake purses. Why aren't they in trouble as well???

  • Journey985 Sep 15, 2009

    Well, glad to know my tax dollars are going to help keep the streets clean from purses, sneakers and other fake clothing items. Why not go and bust the people selling fake gold chains or Rolex watches from their cars? PLEASE, there is so many other ways to spend our tax dollars than this. Perhaps hire more probation officers to keep up with criminals so they don't go killing more innocent students in our area? Just a thought.