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Police arrest 2 in counterfeit bust

Special Photo. Police say a pair of Lawrenceville residents were caught trying to sell $77,000 in counterfeit merchandise to investigators.

Special Photo. Police say a pair of Lawrenceville residents were caught trying to sell $77,000 in counterfeit merchandise to investigators.

DULUTH -- A sting by undercover vice investigators turned up $77,000 in counterfeit wallets, shoes and purses this week, police said.

Two Lawrenceville residents -- Hasan Makda, 38, and Shakera Qadir, 37 -- tried to hock the bogus merchandise from their vehicle Monday night in the parking lot of a Duluth shopping center, police said.

The fake brands included Gucci, Channel and Coach.

A vice investigator with Gwinnett police set up the sting after receiving a tip that the pair was selling counterfeit, brand-name merchandise.

The investigator posed as a buyer seeking bargains for Christmas gifts, said Gwinnett police spokesman Cpl. David Schiralli.

At the shopping center, police were accompanied by private investigators hired by designer companies who verified the items didn't check out, police said.

Police arrested Qadir and Makda on felony charges of counterfeiting trademarks.

Both suspects have been released from the Gwinnett County Jail after posting $11,500 bond.