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The raid at the Londonderry Township market was led by investigators from the Dauphin County Criminal Investigation Division.It resulted in the seizure of counterfeit items valued at more than $100,000. Police also seized a .40 caliber handgun and $8,500 in cash, said John Goshert, chief county detective.”What they do is sell merchandise that is popular in the mainstream,” Goshert said in a phone interview Monday. “It’s [a practice] that costs millions of dollars to those legitimate companies and provides consumers with inferior goods.”Investigators started their operation a few weeks ago after receiving complaints from a few consumers, Goshert said.They first sent undercover agents to the market, where vendors on the weekends sell trinkets, collectibles and other items, as well as fruit, vegetables, meat, cheese and prepared food.Investigators later were aided by a private investigative firm that sent two experts who specialize in identifying counterfeit items. Saturday.The raid came exactly three years after a similar raid at the market, which resulted in 14 arrests. In that case, the knock off items being sold also included counterfeit Ugg boots, Nike sneakers and designer brand purses.Those arrested Saturday were charged with felony counts of trademark counterfeiting. They are:Lawrence Stringer, 27, of the 300 block of Spruce Street, Steelton;Ibrahim Oumarou, 42, of the 2900 block of Pineford Drive, Middletown;Ahmed Bamba, 30, of the 600 block of Columbia Avenue, Lancaster;Elhadj Abdoul Karimou, 51, of the 3600 block of Brookridge Terrace, Susquehanna Township;Michael Thompson Jr., 30, of the 400 block of South 17th Street, Harrisburg;Yaye Mounkaila, 41, of the 200 block of Hale Avenue, Harrisburg;Samantha Edwards, 36, of the 2000 block of Berryhill Street, Harrisburg;Harley Smith, 36, of the 500 block of West King Street, York.Except for Edwards and Smith, all the suspects were released on $10,000 unsecured bail, meaning they will be free from custody pending their preliminary hearings as long as they meet their bail conditions. Edwards and Smith were released on summons.Saturday’s Market dates back to the 1950s, according to its website. It is not being held responsible for the alleged counterfeit items.