HPD shuts down shop owners accused of selling counterfeit merchandise

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Jeff McShan, KHOU 11 News

Posted on November 24, 2011 at 12:58 AM

Updated Thursday, Nov 24 at 1:01 AM

HOUSTON – The Houston Police Department and Homeland Security made several arrests as they cracked down on fake goods sold in Houston.

Police have confiscated millions of dollars in counterfeit goods and made arrests.  Their first stop was a shop off FM1960, which is owned by Erlinda Suter. She was taken to jail.

HPD’s Major Offenders Division, along with Homeland Security, said they were surprised by the number of fakes found inside. The items ranged from purses to jewelry to a king-size comforter that had the Louis Vuitton logo on it.

In all, $1.6 million worth of merchandise was seized.

Then on Saturday investigators raided a flea market on Highway 6. Several stores inside were shut down immediately.

Investigators said a music store was selling counterfeit CDs and they had 1,200 of them featuring various artists.

Another store had hundred of counterfeit purses, fake Rolex watches, belts and jewelry. It also had fake contact lenses that have not been approved by the FDA.

Most of the counterfeit goods found were made in China.

Since October of last year HPD and Homeland Security have made 36 arrests with 27 convictions, and seized $13.5 million worth of counterfeit goods.

 

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