LINDEN – Last week, two dozen officers from the Linden police department, with the aid of the Roselle Police Department and state Office of Homeland Security & Preparedness, raided six convenience stores and seized thousands of dollars in counterfeit goods, authorities said.
The raids, which resulted in nine arrests, were the result of a three-month ongoing investigation by Detective Douglas Fortuna of the department’s Narcotics Bureau. In addition to pirated CDs and DVDs, merchandise infringing on the trademarks of Major League Baseball, Nike, Gucci, Louis Vuitton and Chanel, officers also seized counterfeit currency, police said.
Two of the stores were on East St. Georges Avenue, including one in Roselle; two were on Roselle Street, and one was on North Wood Avenue and one on South Wood Avenue.
Kerval Patel, 34, of Linden, was charged with violating the Anti-Piracy Act and forgery and was held on $185,000 bail. Krupal Patel, 27, and Vindo Patel, 60, both of Linden, were also charged with violating the Anti-Piracy Act and forgery and were held on $65,000 bail each.
Rahul E. Patel, 32, of Colonia, was charged with violating the Anti-Piracy Act and hindering apprehension and was held on $80,000 bail. Samir Patel, 33, of Iselin, was charged with violating the Anti-Piracy Act and distribution of drug paraphernalia, and was held on $50,000 bail.
Gerald Perkins, 34, of Linden, was charged with a contempt of court warrant and held on $1,473 bail.
Elizabeth residents Landria D. Gardner, 33, Elliott Hudson, 38, Curtis Williams and Curtis Williams, 26, were charged with violating the Anti-Piracy Act and public fraud and were released on a summons.
Police Chief Michael F. Boyle commended Fortuna and the other members of the Linden Police Department for the team effort that went into this investigation and scope of the raids.
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