In what seems to be growing problem, police took down a group of men selling fake vapor products.
Officials raided a home on a quiet suburban cul-de-sac just off busy Jerusalem Avenue in East Meadow on Friday, according to a story on CBS New York’s website. They confiscated millions in cash and counterfeit vaping products.
“They, like, had deliveries. I saw, like, cars coming, bringing boxes,” neighbor Lucy Silva said, according to the story.
“They just seemed like a very nice family. They pretty much keep to themselves,” neighbor Peter Morra told CBS2’s Jennifer McLogan.
Fifty-eight-year-old Ali Asghar and his two sons, 33-year-old Ali Zar and 35-year-old Ali Moosa, have all been charged with trademark counterfeiting. The feds and Nassau Police report they got wind of the operation in January at Kennedy Airport.
“A shipment coming from China was identified as belonging to Mr. Asghar,” Frank Russo, with U.S. Customs and Border Protection, said, according to the story.
“Approximately $4 million dollars of sales that were generated. They advertised on social media,” Nassau Police Commissioner Patrick Ryder said, according to the story. The counterfeit products were also sold in stores owned by the suspects in East Meadow, Levittown, Bellerose and Commack.