Southaven police arrest 3 in counterfeit crackdown

Thousands of shoes were recovered. (Source: Southaven Police Department)
Thousands of shoes were recovered. (Source: Southaven Police Department)

(WMC-TV) - Investigators in Southaven are searching for clues in a counterfeit crackdown that has already landed several suspects in hot water.

Monday, Southaven police said two men had been charged with possession of counterfeit merchandise.

According to Lt. Mark Little, officers arrested the pair after they recovered thousands of pairs of fake Nike shoes.

"There were 1,126 pairs of shoes," Little said. "There were 30 something polo shirts, a couple of counterfeit bags, coaches, Louis Vuitton and some shorts made by Polo."

Investigators discovered the merchandise inside a small storage unit at a facility on Stateline Road.

"This warehouse had tables set up and boxes with tables set up similar to a store," Little said. "Basically, customers would contact them. They would meet them there. They would let them walk through the store and make their purchases."

The two men were caught while police were working a separate case in the area at the Mid-South Fair.  That's where police arrested a third suspect after he, too, was caught trying to sell bogus items.

"More clothing, lots of purses, belts and cologne," Little said.

Authorities believe the suspects are just a few of many counterfeiters looking for new places to sell since the Third Street Flea Market in Memphis was raided and shut down.

"Now I see they're moving here, whether it be in the warehouse area or anywhere they can buy or purchase a booth and sell their goods - at the Fair or Flea Market in Southaven or any other flea market in the county."

Investigators are working with customs agents to determine if the suspects are in the country legally.

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