DUNDALK, Md. -
Baltimore County police raided the North Point Plaza Flea Market in Dundalk looking for counterfeit items, police say.
Around 10 a.m. Saturday detectives began serving search warrants on 16 vendors believed to be selling fake products in the popular Dundalk flea market located in the 2400 block of Old North Point Boulevard.
Police say the raid, dubbed "Operation Flea Collar" is the result of an investigation following numerous complaints of counterfeit products being by private vendors at the market.
Baltimore County detectives have been working with the Recording Industry Association of America, the Motion Picture Association of America and trademark representatives for major brand names to gather evidence in the investigation. The vendors are alleged to have sold fakes of trendy brand names such as Ugg, Nike, Apple, North Face, Timberland, Polo and bootleg music and movies to undercover detectives.
While the search warrants were being served, detectives shut down the flea market to make sure that the vendors involved remained at the scene and that no evidence was removed prior to seizure by detectives. The investigation into these vendors is ongoing. The seized merchandise will be evaluated by trademark experts, and charges are pending against vendors found to be selling counterfeit items.