FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Jackson, MS?The Attorney General?s continued initiative ?Operation Knock Out Knock Offs? has resulted in the arrest of two Hazlehurst residents, announced Attorney General Jim Hood today.
Investigators of the Attorney General?s Consumer Protection Division, along with Anti-Counterfeiting Task Force members of the Hazlehurst Police Department, dismantled two alleged counterfeit operations this past Friday the 13th, which led to the arrests.
Patrick King age 37, was arrested for allegedly selling bootleg CD?s and DVD?s to the general public at his place of business known as ?The Ice House? located at 112 Ice House Loop in Hazlehurst. He faces six counts of selling counterfeit DVD?s.
This is not King?s first run-in with the law for selling CD?s and DVD?s. In 2003 King was arrested and found guilty for selling CD?s that were counterfeit in nature. On this most recent charge, King was booked into the Copiah County jail and bond set at $50,000. If convicted, he faces a maximum possible sentence of 38 years behind bars.
While the Attorney General?s Knock Out Knock Off?s Task Force was conducting the operation on the Ice House, investigators were informed that another individual was selling counterfeit goods out of their car at the Raja Gas Station located at 302 North Caldwell Drive in Hazlehurst, MS. Investigators with the Attorney General?s Office and the Hazlehurst Police Department located Christopher Williams age 25, and placed him under arrest for the sale of goods bearing counterfeit trademarks and labels. He was booked into the Copiah County jail and his bond set at $5,000. If convicted he faces a maximum possible sentence of 10 years behind bars.
?We owe a special thanks to Chief Swilley and his officers for their work on this case,? said Attorney General Hood. ?Teamwork like this always results in gain and that is why we created the task force. Our law enforcement agencies are even stronger together.?
As with all cases, the defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.