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Homeland Security Cracks Down on Counterfeit Merchandise Sales

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MIDLAND - Three businessmen were arrested Thursday for selling counterfeit merchandise at Music City Mall.

The suspects are accused of selling the counterfeit merchandise at eight kiosks in the mall. The arrests followed a joint investigation by the Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Homeland Security Investigations and the FBI.

41-year-old Raja Zafar Iqbal and his brother 50-year-old Javed Iqbal Raja were arresred. Both are naturalized United States citizens from Pakistan. 33-year-old Muhammad Asif Raza was also arrested. He's a citizen and national of Pakistan who has a non-immigrant visa. The three men are charged with trafficking in counterfeit goods or services.

The suspects are suspected of importing and trafficking trademark violated items such as: Otterbox, Hello Kitty, Chanel, Nike, Air Jordan, Monster and Polo.

The defendants made their initial appearance in federal court Friday morning. This was part of a year long investigation.

The penalty is up to ten years imprisonment and a maximum $2 million fine upon conviction.