Three men were arrested Wednesday after they were found transporting designer handbags and wallets suspected as counterfeit.
Mahamadou Samassa, 52; Abdoulie Gallokho, 32, also known by the alias Mustopha Camara; and Bangal Jagana, 44, were charged with forged or counterfeited trademarks, service marks or copyrighted or registered designs.
The men, originally from Africa but now Atlanta residents, were pulled over for speeding on Interstate 20 near mile marker 195 about 8:40 a.m., according to a Richmond County sheriff’s incident report. While talking to Samassa, who was driving the white Ford cargo van, the deputy smelled marijuana.
The deputy asked for permission to search the vehicle, and found three large black plastic bags – marked Michael Kors, Coach, Louis Vuitton and Jimmy Choo – containing 28 handbags and seven wallets that appeared to be counterfeit, according to the report.
The men were being held in the Richmond County jail Wednesday night.