Smelly Bust: Counterfeit Cologne Arrests

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ELYRIA, Ohio– The Ohio State Highway Patrol says three Michigan men face serious charges after troopers found $75,000 worth of counterfeit perfume and cologne bottles, during a traffic stop.

On Monday, troopers stopped a cargo van for speeding on the Ohio Turnpike in Lorain County.

Troopers say criminal indicators were observed and a Patrol drug-sniffing canine alerted to the vehicle.

The Highway Patrol says a search revealed 1,497 bottles of counterfeit cologne and perfume.

Three people inside the van: 23-year-old Ali Sobh, 23-year-old Abraham N. Ajami and 40-year-old Mohamed A. El-Modailal, were all taken to the Lorain County Jail.

They are all from Dearborn, Michigan.

They’re charged with trademark counterfeiting and criminal situation.

If convicted, they could each face up to three years in prison and up to a $10,000 fine.