Three Michigan men are facing felony charges after Ohio State Highway Patrol troopers seized 1,497 counterfeit perfume and cologne bottles following a traffic stop on the Ohio Turnpike in Lorain County.
Troopers stopped a 2004 Chevrolet 2500 cargo van for a speed violation on the Ohio Turnpike, near milepost 136, at 11:15 a.m. on Nov. 19. Criminal indicators were observed and a Patrol drug-sniffing canine alerted to the vehicle. A probable cause search revealed 1,497 bottles of counterfeit perfume and cologne, worth an estimated $75,000.
The occupants, Ali Sobh, 23; Abraham N. Ajami, 23; and Mohamed A. El-Modailal, 40, all of Dearborn, Mich., were incarcerated in the Lorain County Jail and charged with trademark counterfeiting and criminal simulation, both fourth-degree felonies. If convicted, they could each face up to three years in prison and up to a $10,000 fine.