Cops ‘Burn’ Counterfeit Merch Dealer
The basement, located at 21-11 Mott Avenue, was a warehouse for junk copies or look-alikes of some of the hottest song and film titles and clothing brands.
More than 700 CDs and DVDs – featured recording artists Jennifer Lopez, 50 Cent, Ja Rule and film titles such as “Wedding Crashers” and “War of the Worlds.”
The knockoff designer duds carried logos from Nike, Tommy Hilfiger, Ralph Lauren. More than 100 unlicensed caps featuring NBA and MLB team logos were also recovered.
“This guy was selling bogus stuff of really poor quality,” said one police source. Court records show the CDs and DVDs had “primitive graphics,” and “inferior packaging” while the clothing and hats were “poor in quality, lacking label details, correct packaging and tags.”
Police arrested Barry Abdoulaye, the Brooklyn teenager who they say ran the warehouse in the abandoned property. Abdoulaye, 19, is charged with failure to disclose the origin of a recording and six counts of trademark counterfeiting, according to a spokeswoman for Queens District Attorney Richard A. Brown. He was released on his own recognizance and is due back in court on August 17. Abdoulaye faces up to four years in prison if convicted.
The investigation and subsequent raid was conducted under the supervision of 101 Precinct Special Projects Lieutenant Gary Messina and Sergeant Robert Diehl.