13 Arrested For Counterfeit Items at Flea Market

(The State) Thirteen people were arrested Saturday at a Lexington County flea market in connection with the sale of counterfeit items totaling nearly $1 million, officials say.

The arrests, made at the U.S. #1 Metro Flea Market on Augusta Road near West Columbia, were made as part of an inspection conducted by Lexington County Sheriff’s Department investigators in cooperation with the Secretary of State’s Office and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Lexington County Sheriff Lewis McCarty said in a statement released Monday.

Investigators seized counterfeit items worth a combined total of $930,000 as well as $5,520 in cash.

The following were arrested, McCarty said:

• Florence Danyelle America, 49, of Columbia, was arrested on a charge of trafficking in counterfeit merchandise. America possessed multiple counterfeit pocketbooks and Louis Vuitton face plates for pocketbooks, an arrest warrant alleges. America was released from the Lexington County Detention Center on Sunday after she posted a $7,500 bond.

• Patrick Eleuthere Atangana, 33, of Columbia, was arrested on a charge of selling counterfeit merchandise worth more than $10,000. Atangana was released from the county detention center on Sunday after he posted a $7,500 bond.

• Charles Wayne Barber, 24, of Columbia, was arrested on charges of illegally distributing copyrighted DVDs and simple possession of marijuana. Barber tried to sell 434 copyrighted DVDs, an arrest warrant alleges. Barber was released from the county detention center on Sunday after he posted bail totaling $8,120.

• Carl Travis Burrus, 51, of Sumter, was arrested on a charge of trafficking in counterfeit merchandise. Burrus possessed multiple counterfeit pocketbooks and Louis Vuitton face plates for pocketbooks, an arrest warrant alleges. Burrus was released from the county detention center on Sunday after he posted a $7,500 bond.

• Desmond Cordell Butler, 28, of Columbia, was arrested on charges of illegally distributing copyrighted DVDs. Butler tried to sell 763 counterfeit DVDs, an arrest warrant alleges. In addition, Butler possessed multiple packages of marijuana that Butler was planning to sell, the arrest warrant further alleges. Butler was being held on Monday at the county detention center on a bail totaling $15,000.

• Stacey Ranier Coleman, 43, of Augusta, Ga., was arrested on a charge of selling counterfeit merchandise worth between $10,000 and $50,000. Coleman was being held on Monday at the county detention center on a $7,500 bond.

• Walter Rufus Debnaw, 51, of Durham, N.C., was arrested on a charge of selling counterfeit merchandise worth between $2,000 and $10,000. Debnaw was being held on Monday at the county detention center on a $7,500 bond.

• Kevin L. Earle Jr., 35, of 100 Lloydwood Drive, West Columbia, was arrested on a charge of illegally distributing copyrighted DVDs. An arrest warrant alleges that Earle tried to sell 1,250 counterfeit DVDs. Earle was released from the county detention center on Sunday after he posted a $7,500 bond.

• Etelle Edwards, 43, of West Columbia, was arrested on a charge of trafficking in counterfeit merchandise. Edwards was released from the county detention center on Sunday after Edwards posted a $7,500 bond.

• Daniel Mayar Kual, 38, of Columbia, was arrested on a charge of selling counterfeit merchandise worth between $2,000 and $10,000. Kual was released from the county detention center on Sunday after he posted a $7,500 bond.

• Lan Jian Xie, 49, of Cayce, was arrested on a charge of selling counterfeit merchandise worth between $10,000 and $50,000. Xie was being held on Monday at the county detention center on a $7,500 bond.

• Haiting Zhang, 26, of Cayce, was arrested on a charge of selling counterfeit merchandise worth between $10,000 and $50,000. Zhang was being held on Monday at the county detention center on a $7,500 bond.

• Wu Zhang, 30, of Cayce, was arrested on a charge of selling counterfeit merchandise worth between $10,000 and $50,000. Wu Zhang was being held on Monday at the county detention center on a $7,500 bond.

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