BALTIMORE (AP) — Five people have been charged with conspiring to sell counterfeit handbags, purses, shoes and other luxury goods at a popular Baltimore flea market and other places in and around the city.
Indictments against the five were unsealed Wednesday, following Sunday’s raid on the Patapsco Flea Market by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents. Four of the five defendants were arrested on Sunday, while the fifth remains at large.
They’re accused of selling knockoff versions of luxury brands including Michael Kors, Coach, Gucci, Dolce & Gabbana, Louis Vuitton and Jimmy Choo. The indictment says the items were shipped from New York City.
The defendants are 44-year-old Tidiane Ba, 51-year-old Mamadou Lamine Ba, 44-year-old Abass Baro, 33-year-old Sakho Oumar and 39-year-old Baba Toure, all of Baltimore. Toure remains at large.
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