Counterfeit goods sales busted at swap shop
An undercover investigation in the sale of counterfeit goods with an actual retail value of over $400,000 at Old Salem Swap Shop has landed four people in jail. Undercover deputies with the Rockdale County Sheriff’s Department’s Narcotics and Vice Unit purchased items with labels such as Coach, Gucci, Louis Vuitton, Michael Coors, True Religion, Polo, Lacoste, Timberland and Calvin Klein on numerous occasions before search warrants were executed on April 25. Since that time, four people were either arrested or turned themselves in on charges of selling goods with forged o counterfeit trademarks. According to Sheriff’s Investigator Michael Camp, the value of the seized merchandise would be $409,705 if the items were authentic and sold at retail price. Arrested on one charge each of selling counterfeit goods were Odawinnie Gunter, 34, and Pauline Morine Ferguson, 50, both of Conyers; Suliman Sillah, 23, of Atlanta; and Mellannie Gibbs, age and address unknown. A warrant has also been issued for a fourth subject who has not yet been located.