DPS seizes counterfeit football jerseys, memorabilia

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By Jennifer Thomas By Jennifer Thomas
By Jennifer Thomas By Jennifer Thomas
By Jennifer Thomas By Jennifer Thomas

PHOENIX – The Arizona Department of Public Safety seized nearly 100 counterfeit football jerseys and other items following a traffic stop south of Phoenix on Friday.

A DPS Highway Patrol officer stopped Matthew Darlington, 35, for speeding on state Route 387 when he noticed a large number of football jerseys in the back seat of the Toyota Tundra and got consent to search.

The officer seized 98 counterfeit football jerseys, 40 signed footballs and additional fake memorabilia. The items were turned over to federal law enforcement officials.

Darlington said he was visiting from East Wenachee, Washington. A DPS spokesman said Darlington is expected to face charges but was not booked at the time of the stop.

According to DPS, the officer recently had undergone training in recognizing counterfeit items and suspected criminal activity ahead of the Super Bowl.

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