Authorities bust cigar-counterfeiting ring

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - Jefferson County authorities have
arrested two men at the center of a cigar-counterfeiting ring that
sent look-alike cigars across the Southeast.

Authorities say the operation was based in Homewood and McCalla.

The suspects are identified as 30-year-old Jegil Wilissac Dugger
and 32-year-old Faisal Hassan Elnaham.

They are charged with multiple counts of theft of trademark.

Bond for both was set at $600,000.

Dugger is still in jail, but Elnaham posted bond on Friday.

Authorities say the two would buy thousands of cheap and uninspected cigars from India and China, repackage them as name
brands like Swisher Sweets and sell them to stores across the
region.


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