Atlanta police arrested six men accused of selling about $5 million in counterfeit goods at a local market.
The men had individual shops at the West End Market on Ralph David Abernathy Boulevard, and police recovered items mimicking brands like Louis Vuitton, Gucci, Prada, Michael Kors, Nike, True Religion and Air Jordans.
Stacie Gibbs, with the Atlanta Police Department, said officers made arrests on Friday afternoon.
"We had complaints from citizens and people in the neighborhood about the amount of counterfeit products that were being sold out of here," Gibbs said. "So, we had our own Atlanta police officers come in here. There were some undercover purchases made of illegal, counterfeit items."
Police arrested Aliou Diallo, Samba Ba, Bockarie Jalloh, Mohamed Diallo, Macky Traore and Asdo Chukwu. Most of them were charged with selling forged or counterfeited items. Mohamed Diallo was charged with reproduction of recorded material. They were all still in the Fulton County Jail as of Saturday.
Gibbs said representatives from the various brands that were allegedly counterfeited came to verify whether or not the goods were actually fake.
"It's important to remember that all of these items are being sold legitimately throughout Atlanta," Gibbs said. "This takes away from businesses that are selling legitimate items and doing things that they are supposed to."
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