ugg and jimmy choo 3 Charged After Counterfeit Goods Seized in Traffic Stop
BERLIN, Md. Maryland State Police in Worcester County say three Virginia men are facing charges after a traffic stop led to the seizure of more than $167,000 in counterfeit merchandise.Police said that on the evening of Monday, Dec. 19, a trooper stopped a Chevrolet passenger van for negligent driving and speeding on southbound Route 113 at the intersection of Route 50 near Berlin.According to police, the trooper observed cargo in the rear of the van and also observed numerous criminal indicators that led him to believe that criminal activity was afoot. Police said a probable cause search was conducted, revealing all seats had been removed and the cargo area filled with miscellaneous counterfeit merchandise, Gucci purses, Prada purses, Coach purses, UGG boots, Louis Vuitton, Rocawear, Dolce Gabbana and other brands.The total value of all of the counterfeit merchandise was estimated at more than $167,
000, according to police.Richard Logue, a recognized trademark expert in the State of Maryland, was contacted by telephone at the scene and assisted in identifying the counterfeit merchandise. As a result of the investigation, police seized the vehicle, counterfeit merchandise and cash.All three of the vehicle occupants, including 40 year old Derrick Towe, 46 year old Dwayne Mitchell, and 45 year old Ronald Brittingham, all of Virginia Beach, Va., were each charged with CR 8 611 (B), possessing with the intent to sell or distribute merchandise bearing a counterfeit trademark having a value of $1,000 or more.