Police served search warrants on two businesses and on Castro's home. (Source: Phoenix Police Department)
A woman labeled as a "person of interest" was identified. (Source: Phoenix Police Department)
PHOENIX (CBS5) -
A 5-month-long investigation into a counterfeit goods operation led to the arrest of a Phoenix man and seizure of 921 "knockoff" items for sale, police said.
Officers arrested Rafael Castro, 40, on Friday and detained a woman they identified as a "person of interest."
The probe began in May. The Phoenix Police Business and Economic Stability Team received information from representatives of national brand name retailers that Castro might be selling counterfeit, high-end brand name items at the ABC Discount store at 3410 W. Van Buren St.
Phoenix police detectives worked closely with theretail representatives and Homeland Security agents. They were able to determine Castro was selling the counterfeit products at the discount store and a second location - the Park and Swap on E. Washington Street, said Phoenix police Officer James Holmes.
Search warrants were served on the two business locations and the suspect's home.
During a police interview, Castro admitted to the crime and he was later booked into jail, Holmes said.
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