According to search warrants, state officials in North Carolina have confiscated scores of counterfeit Nikes and other bootleg merchandise that was shipped to a barbershop in Raleigh.
Previous shipments of bogus items had been tracked from New York to Raleigh by investigators with the North Carolina Secretary of State’s Office. They recognized the heavily taped cartons as those potentially containing spurious products, according to applications for search warrants of a SUV and multiple boxes at the Durham, NC FedEx facility. The application indicates eight boxes were delivered to Paul’s Barbershop and a man driving a Ford Excursion subsequently returned three packages to the Federal Express truck and then drove off.
Fives boxes were found in the Excursion when it was subsequently stopped by authorities. Each of the boxes contained eight pairs of fake Nike sneakers; the three boxes that were taken back to the FedEx facility were also found to contain eight pairs each of counterfeit Nike with a total estimated retail value of $6,000 according to a search warrant.
Omar Tariq Lucas, 32,was charged with criminal use of a counterfeit trademark.