ugg bomber boots 1M worth of counterfeit merchandise in storage units
INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) $1 millionof counterfeit merchandise wasfound in a storage unit on the east side of Indianapolis.
They believe a gang is behind the operation and using Indianapolis as their central hub to receive and distribute the merchandise across the country.
The investigation began when a Hancock County Sheriff deputy pulled over a red Nissan Altima for a traffic violation on Wednesday morning along I 70.
The deputy knew something wasn’t right and began asking the driver and passenger questions. The driver consented to a search.
“We opened the truck and in the back floor board in there were 672 pairs of counterfeit UGG merchandise gloves,” said deputy Nick Ernstes. “Most of them were actually sealed up in a large trash bag, so until we opened the bags, I wasn’t sure exactly what we were dealing with.”
The deputy also found drugs, cash and clues leading to them to a storage facility called Store House near 25th Street and Mitthoeffer Road.
Investigators later searched six of the eight storage units and found more than 300 boxes of counterfeit goods, including 1,000 pair of counterfeit North Face fleece jackets and more than 200 pairs of Beats by Dreheadphones.
“Those particular units can get very hot and burn your skin and burn around your ears, it’s very painful,” said deputy Ernstes. “You definitely want to be very cautious about purchasing those items.”
According to court papers, Zhang told investigators he and Jiang had been traveling from state to state Florida to Illinois to New York. They were headed to Missouri when they were pulled over.
In the probable cause, Zhang told investigators he bought the gloves on Canal Street in New York for $1 a pair. He was going to sell them for $2 at a flea market in St. Louis.
“The clothing was substantial marked down from what it would normally be in a retail market,” said Ernstes.
“We don’t actually understand or know the actual chemicals that are going into the clothing to make them,” said deputy Ernstes.