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Troopers: Something didn't smell right, it's counterfeit perfume

1:22 PM, Nov 21, 2012   |    comments
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ELYRIA -- Three Michigan men are facing felony charges after Ohio State Highway Patrol troopers seized 1,497 counterfeit perfume and cologne bottles following a traffic stop on the Ohio Turnpike in Lorain County.

Troopers stopped a 2004 Chevrolet 2500 cargo van for a speed violation on the Ohio Turnpike at 11:15 a.m. Monday.

A drug-sniffing K-9 indicated that something was amiss in the vehicle.

A probable cause search revealed 1,497 bottles of counterfeit perfume and cologne, worth an estimated $75,000.

The occupants, Ali Sobh, 23; Abraham N. Ajami, 23; and Mohamed A. El-Modailal, 40, all of Dearborn, Mich., were taken to the Lorain County Jail and charged with trademark counterfeiting and criminal simulation, both fourth-degree felonies.

If convicted, they could each face up to three years in prison and up to a $10,000 fine.


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