Pair charged with selling knock-off goods
Posted March 18, 2010 4:09 p.m. EDT
Updated March 18, 2010 4:43 p.m. EDT
Garner, N.C. — Garner police arrested two men Thursday on charges of selling counterfeit shoes, clothing and handbags.
Erron Dell Walker, 27, and Eric Dell Walker, 47, both of 1101 Curtiss Drive in Garner, were charged with four counts each of criminal use of a counterfeit trademark. Erron Walker also was charged with possession of alcohol without a permit.
The arrests follow an investigation that started in December, when police found a large quantity of liquor in a storage unit on U.S. Highway 70 being used by Erron Walker, police said. A search of the unit also turned up various items bearing Nike, Timberland, Coach, Prada, Chanel and other labels.
Agents with the Anti-Counterfeiting Task Force in the North Carolina Secretary of State's Office were called in to identify what items were knock-offs.
Police on Thursday searched the Walkers' home, another residence at 5745 Jones Sausage Road and the EZ Jeans store, at 1807 Garner Road, that the Walkers operate. Additional counterfeit merchandise, cash, stolen firearms and other items were seized in the searches, police said, and additional charges are expected against the men.
Raleigh police and agents with the Anti-Counterfeiting Task Force seized knock-off goods in the EZ Jeans store in September.