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Dozens of knockoff Nike sneakers seized; Raleigh man charged

Posted March 12, 2018 3:38 p.m. EDT

Omar Tariq Lucas

— State authorities have seized dozens of pairs of phony Nike sneakers along with other knockoff merchandise that was shipped to a Raleigh barbershop, according to search warrants.

Investigators with the North Carolina Secretary of State's Office had tracked previous shipments of counterfeit goods from New York to Raleigh and recognized the heavily taped cardboard packages that arrived at a FedEx facility on Page Road in Durham last week as possibly containing phony merchandise, according to the application for warrants to search an SUV and several boxes at the FedEx facility.

Eight boxes were delivered to Paul's Barber Shop, at 1030 N. Rogers Lane in Raleigh, and a man driving a Ford Excursion then returned three to the FedEx truck and loaded the others into his SUV before driving off, according to the application.

Authorities later stopped the SUV and found that each of the five boxes contained eight pairs of counterfeit Nike sneakers. The estimated retail price of the 80 sneakers was $10,000, they said.

The three boxes that were returned to the FedEx facility also contained eight pairs each of Nike knockoffs, with a total estimated retail value of $6,000, authorities said.

Four other suspicious boxes at the FedEx facility also were searched, and were found to contain Nike sneakers while the fourth contained 100 belts with designer names like Gucci and Hermes, all of which were counterfeit, according to a search warrant.

Omar Tariq Lucas, 32, of 5820 Spirit Court in Raleigh, has been charged with criminal use of a counterfeit trademark in the case.