Counterfeit Goods Found at Music City Mall

Counterfeit Goods Found at Music City Mall

by Brian Wise
NewsWest 9

ODESSA- Selling knock offs at Music City Mall in Odessa put three businessmen behind bars. They were arrested Thursday for selling the fake goods at kiosks. According to the Department of Homeland Security, brands like Nike, Otter Box and Air Jordan were on lanyards and cell phone accessories.

Dennis Ulrich, the agent in charge for special investigations for HSI, says the department worked alongside with another organization as well.

"The arrests follow a joint investigation by HSI (Homeland Security) and FBI Agents," Ulrich said.

NewsWest 9 went to the address on Friday of one of the three men. The people there didn't want to talk about the case saying they didn't want to make the arrest a big deal.

But it was a big deal to Homeland Security.

"The individuals arrested are Raja Zafar Iqbal, Javed Iqbal Raja, Muhammed Asif Raza. All three men are charged with trafficking counterfeit goods or services. These three gentlemen are the only three that have been criminally charged in this investigation so far," Ulrich said.

However there are still counterfeit items left at the mall.

"There are items left behind. Cell phone accessories and lanyards. It was in the public view yesterday evening that we were doing searches at the mall. However, I can't talk specifically about the searches because those are sealed search warrants," Ulrich said.

The three business owners were in Midland's Federal Court Friday morning, each defending their own case of trafficking.