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06/06/2009

3 vendors arrested at N.H. flea market

Handbags, purses, wallets seized at the Grandview Flea Market in Derry

CONCORD, N.H. - Three vendors at the Grandview Flea Market were arrested today after an investigation by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) special agents.

ICE agents, with assistance from the Derry Police Department, served three federal search warrants this morning at the flea market and arrested Guo Qiao Lin, 32 of Flushing, N.Y.; Peng de Lin, 35 of Flushing, N.Y.; and Junwu Chen, 40, of Woodside, N.Y., for trafficking in counterfeit goods.

ICE agents seized thousands of counterfeit handbags, purses, wallets, and related items from four vendor areas at the Grandview Flea Market. These items are believed to have counterfeit markings purporting to identify them as products of companies like Prada, Coach, Channel, Louis Vuitton, and others.

The arrests were announced today by Acting U.S. Attorney Michael J. Gunnison and Bruce M. Foucart, special agent-in-charge for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Office of Investigations in Boston.

The searches and arrests follow a two-year investigation into the sale of counterfeit goods by some vendors at the Grandview Flea Market, which is located at 2 Island Pond Road in Derry, N.H. It is a violation of federal law for anyone to intentionally sell goods known to have counterfeit markings which purport to be registered trademarks.

The three men were arraigned today in U.S. District Court in Concord, N.H., and were released subject to the supervision of the United States Probation Office. If convicted, each man is facing a possible maximum prison sentence of 10 years and a possible maximum fine of $2 million.

A criminal complaint is only an allegation and not proof of criminal conduct. As in all criminal cases, each defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. This case is being investigated by ICE, and is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Mark S. Zuckerman.