Phoenix police arrest man accused of selling counterfeit goods

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PHOENIX -- Phoenix police have arrested a man for allegedly selling brand-name counterfeit items at an ABC Discount store and a Park ‘n Swap.

In May, detectives from the Phoenix Police Business and Economic Stability Team (B.E.S.T.) began researching the case after receiving information from representatives of national brand-name retailers.

Detectives were told that Rafael Castro, 40, was suspected of selling counterfeit products, such as handbags, shirts and wallets, at an ABC Discount store located at 3410 W. Van Buren St.

Phoenix police detectives worked with retail representatives and Homeland Security agents during a five-month period and discovered that Castro was selling the counterfeit merchandise at the ABC Discount store as well as the Park ‘n Swap located at 3801 E. Washington St.

On Friday, police served search warrants at both businesses as well as Castro’s home.

A female suspect was also identified as a person of interest involved in the counterfeit case and she faces charges.

When interviewed by police, Castro admitted to the criminal enterprise. He was booked into jail.

Police research shows that the local counterfeit case may be connected to a larger criminal operation involving money laundering and drug trade.