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Man busted with $60,000 in counterfeit clothing

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MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - A Memphis man is behind bars after he was caught Friday morning driving a van packed with counterfeit designer clothing.

The van was stopped Friday morning at the corner of Danny Thomas and Beale Street.

The driver was pulled over near Danny Thomas and Beale because of a broken tail light. Deputies then noticed clothes and other items packed inside.  Among items found were Nike, Gucci, Louis Vuitton, Coach, and other brands - not the kind of merchandise sold on street corners, but often in high-end stores, investigators said.

One undercover officer said the money made by counterfeit sellers is tremendous, and is often sent back overseas - but that's not all.     

"The connections made between the sale of counterfeit merchandise and organized crime and terrorism has been documented, and it's a huge problem that no one thinks about," the officer said.

The man behind the wheel of the van Friday morning was identified as Oumar Sow of Memphis.  Detectives hope to get him to tell them where all the counterfeit items came from, and where it was headed.

Friday's discovery came just a few weeks after a number of beauty supply stores were shut down by the sheriff's ALERT Squad for selling counterfeit merchandise.

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