Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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August 22, 2012

Counterfeit shoes, hats seized in raid

NEW ALBANY, Ind. — The Indiana State Excise Police raided a convenience store and walked out with what appeared to be expensive Nike sports shoes and various NBA hats.

It turned out they were counterfeit merchandise.

Authorities said they recovered $65,059 in cash and various items Tuesday, including 84 pairs of shoes.

Officers worked with Nike’s North America Brand Protection unit over the past week on their investigation, according to a press release.

“Often the regulatory responsibilities of the state excise police lead to other types of suspected criminal activities,” Superintendent Matt Strittmatter said in the release.

Counterfeiting brand-name items and selling them on the open market has become a lucrative business. Many of the items are made in China and shipped around the world.

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Details for this story were provided by the News and Tribune in Jeffersonville, Ind.

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