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Four charged in flea market raid in southeast Raleigh

Posted May 23, 2011

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— Four people were charged Sunday when state agents raided a flea market in southeast Raleigh and seized knockoff goods, authorities said Monday.

Agents with the Secretary of State's Office went through Watson's Flea Market, off Rock Quarry Road, on Sunday morning and confiscated a variety of counterfeit items bearing brand names and logos, agency spokeswoman Liz Proctor said.

Darnell Robbie Smith, 31, of 5048 Babbling Brook Drive in Raleigh, and Bakary Jammeh, 27, and Ismala Jammeh, 23, both of 4211-G Brockton Drive in Raleigh, were each charged with one count of criminal use of a counterfeit trademark.

Bakary and Ismala Jammeh also were charged with resisting a government officer.

Mbar Coudou Thiam, 51, of 3480 Macinac Island in Raleigh, was charged with resisting a government officer and assault on a government official.

Many of the booths at the flea market with suspected counterfeit items were abandoned as vendors fled during the raid, Proctor said.

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  • hihuwatlu May 24, 2011

    This seems to happen every few months. The penalty must not be bad enough for the people to fear it enough to stop selling counterfeit goods

  • whereisthedonkeyshow May 24, 2011

    This flea market needs to be shut down, it is blighted with criminal activities, a traffic nightmare and an eyesore.

  • GWALLY May 24, 2011

    ..."Many of the booths at the flea market with suspected counterfeit items were abandoned as vendors fled during the raid, Proctor said..."

    Funny, they can be arrested, shut down, and run out of town for having and selling illegal goods in the US...however they themselves can NEVER be questioned as to their legitimate status in America...!!!! It stands to reason that an illegal alien purchasing in the US has made an illegal purchase....!!!

  • NCSU2311 May 24, 2011

    I know from first-hand personal experience that Chinese manufacturers freely abuse copyrighted and patented designs.

    Name the contracted Nike plant that produces fakes. $10,000 REWARD..... Clown got quiet.

  • my voice May 24, 2011

    tonybyrd7
    lower-classed ?!? I think your choice of titleship isn't good terminology. Less fortunate, maybe. I do not think "God" will put us in a "level of class".

  • NCSU2311 May 24, 2011

    GERNERALWAYNE please site your source for these "identicle fakes". $10,000 REWARD....... Show me a fake Jordan III with engraved elephant print. In my 10 years of dealing with fakes I have not seen ONE. Why do you think they are not engraved? DUH!!! The cost goes UPPPPPPP. So its just printed on. You rookie.

    Source: 15 year Jordan shoe collector

  • ghimmy51 May 24, 2011

    Con Amor .. you can personally make your Con Amor brand and sell it for whatever the market will bear. Then you see Con Amor brand and you KNOW they're not your product. They undercut your prices and/or they're poor quality and hurt your reputation. Your business suffers and you have to layoff people. Should fake products be for sale?

  • genralwayne May 24, 2011

    Actually, Chrome, you're the clueless one here. I know from first-hand personal experience that Chinese manufacturers freely abuse copyrighted and patented designs. They will over-run manufacture lots and sell the over-runs outside of the contracted brand. They are then sold on the shadow markets for far less than the branded product. Many countries over look this. The United States and others, however, protect the intellectual property of its businesses and classes these products as unbranded counterfeits. Check your facts.

  • vter53 May 24, 2011

    They ought to go to the flea market in Wallace. On any given day they are open you can find many tables that sell knock off DVD's. These are dvd's that are recorded with a video camera in a theater and are very poor quality. Check it out, you will be amazed.

  • NCSU2311 May 24, 2011

    "Just say no to fakes. When you buy counterfeit goods remember you are funding the Chinese Triad. You are supporting child sex slaves, trafficking, drugs, and murder"

    They make the real items and the counterfeit items in the same factories in China.

    Whatever the owner of the brand label doesn't buy gets sold in the counterfeit market.

    No difference in quality. Just a difference in marketing channels.
    DontLikeTheSocialistObama
    May 24, 2011 11:51 a.m.

    Who told you that? Counterfeit "shops" set up and shut down same day in most cases. NAME ONE NIKE FACTORY THAT MAKES FAKES. Ill wait and give you $10,000. Why would a factory contracted by Nike risk it all to make fakes? The molds and blueprints are sold to the counterfeiters. Where do you people get this info from REALLY!!!!!!

    Source: Jordan shoe collector for 15 years. Met Tinker Hatfield and Phil Knight. You are clueless.

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