RALEIGH — State and local police raided a Raleigh flea market Saturday and charged seven people with selling fake designer clothing as well as pirated music and movies.
The seized items had an estimated retail value of $932,883, the N.C. Secretary of State Office announced in a press release today.
Raleigh police and agents with the secretary of state's office arrested Thierno Mamadou Diouf, 45 and Njeri Lavar Royster, 18, both of Raleigh; Kara Mbye, 50, of Franklinton; and Darryl Seth Tillery, 17, of Clayton. They were each charged with one count of felony criminal use of a counterfeit trademark.
Authorities charged Moises Sanchez, 20, of Turkey; James Antonio Jerod Banks, 19 and Trevon Will Scott, 17, both of Raleigh, with one count of unauthorized use and possession of sound recordings, according to the press release.
The men were charged following what state officials described as a major raid at Watsons Flea Market on Rock Quarry Road.
trademark violations are not victimless crimes, said Secretary of State Elaine Marshall in today's press release. She noted that many of the cases have ties to organized crime.
The same criminal pipelines that bring in fake designer clothes and pirated movies can then also bring in knock-off electrical extension cords that can present a deadly fire hazard in your home, not to mention illegal drugs, weapons and even human trafficking," Marshall said.