The Gardena Police Department arrested two female suspects who were selling counterfeit merchandise from a van in Gardena, California. Officers also found that both “ladies” were carrying concealed loaded handguns. It turns out that one of the subjects was on parole for burglary and had also been arrested in the past for the sales of counterfeit goods. The “ladies” said they armed themselves because they had been robbed in the past when they were selling their counterfeit merchandise on the streets. It is very common to find street vendors engaged in counterfeit sales, also carrying guns. There have been multiple cases featured on the A&E Network’s show, “The First 48”, that focus on investigations that revolve around counterfeiters being robbed and someone ending up dead. The sale of counterfeit goods leads to many other crimes.

By Kris Buckner, Investigative Consultants


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