An Atlanta Journal-Constitution (ajc.com) article reports that on Friday, March 1, authorities seized “about $5 million worth of counterfeit merchandise” at the West End Flea Market, located in Atlanta at 844 Ralph David Abernathy Boulevard. According to that article, the counterfeited name brands included Nike, Ralph Lauren, Gucci, and Louis Vuitton, and CDs and DVDs were also seized. Atlanta police identified and arrested six shop owners, the ajc.com reports.
A WSB-TV website post states that the volume of counterfeit merchandise seized was “enough to fill up a U-Haul[®].”
According to a post by myfoxatlanta.com: “Undercover cops posed as buyers to get a sense of what kind of merchandise was available. After several transactions, police went back into the shops on Ralph David Abernathy and focused on the six shop owners and the fake goods they were allegedly passing off as authentic.” The arrested shop owners face felony charges, indicates that post.
This bust coincidentally arrives on the heels of a February 25 decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, which affirmed the conviction and 51-month federal imprisonment sentence imposed in 2011 on an Atlanta-area individual convicted of criminal copyright infringement and trafficking in counterfeit labels. For details on that decision, see our prior post.