Cops: Traffic stop reveals bogus merchandise

BUFORD -- A South Carolina man was arrested this week after Gwinnett police reportedly uncovered a cache of bogus merchandise during a routine traffic stop on Interstate 85.

A patrol officer just south of Hamilton Mill Road pulled over a 2001 Chevy Tahoe the afternoon of July 22 after noticing the vehicle's tags had expired the previous month, and that the windshield was cracked, according to a police report.

The driver and lone occupant, Thalia Jenkins, 32, of Greenville, appeared "overly nervous and visibly shaken." An officer noticed a Coach bag that appeared to be counterfeit on the backseat, the report states.

Jenkins consented to a search, and police found a total of eight designers purses bearing names like Louis Vuitton and Jimmy Choo, three pairs of Nike sneakers and 24 CDs police believed to be pirated duplicates, the report states.

Jenkins told police he'd bought the purses from an outlet store and knew they were counterfeited. Police released Jenkins but confiscated the merchandise and called in a special investigator from Canton.

Following that investigation, Jenkins was arrested Tuesday on felony charges of reproduction of recorded material and counterfeiting trademarks, police said. He was released on $13,150 bond a few hours later.