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Pictures: The PSNI just recovered an enormous stash of dodgy items

The store of counterfeit goods in Crossmaglen, Co Armagh, was set up with two viewing areas.

counterfeit goods, Blaney Road, Crossmaglen 1252 091015 - 2 Source: PSNI

POLICE IN ARMAGH have made a raid on a counterfeit goods store, and the amount of goods they recovered is truly eye-opening.

The PSNI in south Armagh, in conjunction with Tactical Support Group (TSG) officers, have arrested a 39-year-old woman and a 44-year old man for counterfeit offences following the planned searches in Crossmaglen.

The searches were conducted on the Blaney Road in the town last Friday, 9 October.

Two rooms of the property were arranged as viewing areas while a third room was used as a storeroom.

Goods recovered included clothing with brand names Barbour, Ralph Lauren, Hollister, Michael Kors and Chanel as well as make-up, perfume, jewellery, watches and footwear.

counterfeit goods, Blaney Road, Crossmaglen 1252 091015 - 4 Source: PSNI

counterfeit goods, Blaney Road, Crossmaglen 1252 091015 - 3 Source: PSNI

counterfeit goods, Blaney Road, Crossmaglen 1252 091015 - 1 Source: PSNI

A small quantity of fireworks and bottles of poitín were also recovered.

The man and woman were arrested for making or supplying articles for use in connection with fraud, possessing criminal property and possession of articles for use in fraud. Both have been released on bail pending further enquiries.

counterfeit goods, Blaney Road, Crossmaglen 1252 091015 - 5 Source: PSNI

counterfeit goods, Blaney Road, Crossmaglen 1252 091015 Source: PSNI

“The counterfeit market damages our local economy and diverts much needed finance away from small and local businesses,” said PSNI Detective Chief Inspector Stephen Wright.

There are also many instances where the counterfeit market is used to fund organised crime and terrorism. We would ask the public to support us as we address this crime and encourage anyone who has information to contact us on 101.

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