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Durham North Carolina man charged for selling counterfeit name brand shoes


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Word On The Curb…North Carolina authorities have arrested a Durham man for running a bootleg counterfeit shoe business.

Derris Levar Batiste counterfeit shoes. (Facebook)

According to the Durham County Sheriff’s Office and agents with the North Carolina Secretary of State’s Anti-Counterfeiting Task Force, they arrested 44-year-old Derris Levar Batiste of Durham. He has been charged with criminal use of a counterfeit trademark, possession of a firearm by a felon, possession of a stolen firearm, trafficking opium or heroin, possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver a schedule II controlled substance, and maintaining a building used for keeping or selling a controlled substance.

Derris Levar Batiste and his counterfeit shoes

Officials said they discovered counterfeit items, which included 984 pairs of Nike sneakers, 86 pairs of Adidas sneakers, 36 pairs of Timberland boots, and 11 pairs of Nike/Louis Vuitton shoes. Authorities said that if the shoes were authentic, they would have an estimated retail value of nearly $192,000, according to N.C. Secretary of State Elaine Marshall.

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During the search of the retail store in Durham, authorities also uncovered illegal weapons and drugs.

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