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Counterfeit merchandise uncovered during traffic stop

Norwalk Reflector Staff • Dec 2, 2012 at 4:53 PM

An Illinois man is facing felony charges after Ohio State Highway Patrol troopers discovered 23 boxes of counterfeit merchandise during a traffic stop on the Ohio Turnpike in Wood County.

Troopers stopped a 2000 Dodge Grand Caravan, with Illinois registration, for a marked lanes violation on the Ohio Turnpike, near milepost 71, at 10:15 a.m. Thursday.

Criminal indicators were observed and a consent search was granted by the driver. The consent search revealed 2,592 knit hats with professional sport logos, 940 sets of contact lenses, 240 animal hats and 80 fluid filled flip lighters.

The driver, Yoon Keol Chung, 47, of Mt. Prospect, Ill., was charged with trademark counterfeiting and criminal simulation, both a fourth-degree felonies and incarcerated in the Wood County Jail. If convicted, he could face up to three years in prison and up to a $10,000 fine.

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