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Eastpointe — Troopers from the Michigan State Police have busted a dollar store for selling $500,000 worth of brand name goods that had actually been counterfeited in China.

Assisted by the Eastpointe Police Department, the MSP Second District Tobacco Tax Team raided the Dollar Castle store located at 10 Mile and Gratiot on Thursday, arresting the 46-year-old owner of the store, who is a resident of Warren.

The raid came after the MSP received reports the store was offering cut-rate prices on what was claimed to be such well-known brands as UGG boots, North Face, Nike, Polo and other similar products.

Undercover officers were able to purchase these items and the store was raided after it was determined the goods were counterfeit and had been manufactured in China.

A search warrant was served at about 4 p.m. Thursday and the store was closed to the public. Detectives seized approximately $500,000 in merchandise as well as approximately $8,000 in illegal proceeds.

The owner was arrested and later released pending further investigation and a review by the Macomb County Prosecutor’s Office.

TGreenwood@detroitnews.com

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