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Search Warrants Served at North Point Flea Market

Baltimore County police served warrants Saturday on 16 vendors suspected of selling counterfeit goods at the Dundalk market.

Baltimore County police officers have just finished serving a series of search warrants on about 16 dealers suspected of selling counterfeit goods at the North Point Flea Market in Dundalk.

Using funds from the Federal Bureau of Justice Assistance Intellectual Property Theft Enforcement Program, officers initiated an investigation after complaints were received about the fake goods, according to Cpl. Cathy Batton, a spokesman for the Baltimore County Police Department.

Detectives worked with representatives from the Recording Industry Association of America, the Motion Picture Association of America, Stumar Investigations and Walters Investigative Services (trademark representatives for many major brand names for several months to gather evidence, according to a statement issued by Batton.

Police allege that vendors have sold counterfeit Nike, Apple, North Face, Polo, Ugg, True Religion and Timberland goods at the flea market in the 2400 block of Old North Point Road.

Detectives also bought counterfeit movies and music recordings from various stands, Batton said.

Detectives shut down the market Saturday morning while the warrants were being served to ensure all vendors remained on the scene and that no evidence could be removed before seizure, according to Batton.

The seized merchandise will be evaluated by trademark experts and charges are pending against vendors found to be selling counterfeit goods.

The investigation is ongoing, according to Batton.

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Shell9 February 18, 2013 at 04:25 AM
Illegal is Illegal!!! It does not matter how small it is. What right does a vender have selling products that was not made by the original designer? The designer went through the process of creating the product from start to finish. How is it right to reproduce their product and/or sell them with out their consent? Just because you like them does not mean you deserve a deep discount. In addition, there are also other brand names that produce nearly the same product under a legal different name and price drop. Also..It says on the movies that the product should not be reproduced or they could face criminal charges..WRONG is wrong. I feel sorry for the vendors at the NPFM who are legit. It is not a grey line...It is clear..It is wrong and illegal.
DaMan February 18, 2013 at 12:08 PM
Tell us Al , what Laws should we obey? Your a big time Govt hater, Buck, RMI, if you all dont like it here -Move to Mexico buddies ! Adios amigo... Also, here I got some cheese for your Wine...
Buck Harmon February 18, 2013 at 01:06 PM
So is exceeding the speed limit...when there are so many dangerous criminals doing very bad things in most neighborhoods the resources taken to enforce these perceived illegal activities are wasted for the most part, very expensive to prosecute, and in the end no one is any safer...additionally, this type of exercise by the cops is really no more than a very expensive pacifier...it won't curb or even stop the perceived problem...like trying to get everyone to drive the speed limit...get real..
Buck Harmon February 18, 2013 at 01:15 PM
Just make sure that you obey and do everything that big government tells you to...cause you be DaMan...! A bit sheeple...but none the less DaMan..
Heat2079 February 18, 2013 at 01:55 PM
Everyone who goes there knows what they are buying. Was it wrong, yes. But to have so much time energy n money wasted on that is stupid. Write them a ticket n let them know your gonna be back, if they continue to do it then arrest them.

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