ELYRIA, OH (WOIO) - 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 November 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. If convicted, they could each face up to three years in prison and up to a $10,000 fine.