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Counterfeit Merchandise Seized in Coffee County

Coffee County sheriff's officials are going through several thousand dollars worth of counterfeit merchandise.

Counterfeit designer name clothes, phony brand name watches and knock-offs on expensive perfumes; sheriff's personnel made an inventory of all the items, and the total dollar figure is expected to run into the thousands.

The suspect is Leon Lyons of Union Springs. There's an active robbery warrant for his arrest from Cook County, Illinois in Chicago.

Chief Deputy Ronnie Whitworth said, "Porno, clothes, perfumes, colognes; he was selling everything out of the back of his vehicle. It’s all knock-offs of brand name items. He was looking to make quite a bit of money."

Lyons will face a host of selling counterfeit merchandise.

State and federal authorities have also been alerted to the situation. In such an instance, the taxpayer is the big loser.

Sheriff Dave Sutton said, "It's stuff that's made in foreign countries and made to look like brand name merchandise. Really, it hurts the taxpayer. I bet you that there's no tax paid on any of these items and that hurts really all of us."

Authorities are trying to determine if Lyons was working on his own, or with a network of those trying to allegedly sell counterfeit merchandise.

Local officials say authorities in Chicago plan to pick-up Leon Lyons and bring him back to face charges there.


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