They say they began their investigation after getting complaints from customers who said they'd purchased inferior products with brand names like Nike and Timberland from local businesses.
They arrested 40-year-old John Anthony Breedlove - owner of “Got Fresh Exclusive Outfitters" - and charged him with felony criminal use of a counterfeit trademark and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. Also seized from his business was a laptop computer stolen from a Cumberland County residence in 2008.
Also accused is 26-year-old Brydes Deshawn Clack - co-owner of “BK Fashions.” He is charged with criminal use of a counterfeit trademark and felony conspiracy. A second co-owner, 31-year old Kendal Kamar Ragland faces the same charges.
At a third business, 35-year-old Lincoln Andrew Waters - owner of “Capps” - was also charged with criminal use of a counterfeit trademark and felony conspiracy. One of his employees - 32-year old Terell Maurice Dickens - is charged with criminal use of a counterfeit trademark, felony conspiracy, and obstruction for allegedly giving detectives a false name.