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Police: Man imported counterfeit goods from China and sold online

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Photo Gallery: Man busted for counterfeit DVDs, iPhone cases
Tyrone Lewis, 29

ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. -- Investigators in St. Augustine arrested a man they say was selling counterfeit goods from China online.

Recently the St. Johns county Sheriff's office learned about Tyrone Lewis, 29.

Commander Chuck Mulligan with the St. Johns County Sheriff's Office said, "We were contacted by ICE - with Homeland Security Investigations -- that this individual hit their radar screen about shipments coming in."

Mulligan said the shipments were of counterfeit goods from China. 

According to the sheriff's office, Lewis sold counterfeit items to undercover detectives. Tuesday, investigators carried out a search warrant of an apartment associated with Lewis at the 300 block of Summer Breeze Way in the Summerset Village Apartments in St. Augustine off U.S. 1. The sheriff's office says detectives found bags and boxes of counterfeit movies, counterfeit video games and counterfeit iPhone cases.   

Mulligan said it was worth $20,000 and that Lewis was selling the items on e-commerce websites.

"I don't want to name the sites because this individual could've been using various sites," Mulligan noted. "It's not the sites' fault. They can't control where this individual got the product."

Lewis was arrested and charged with possession of counterfeit products and with selling of counterfeit products.

Mulligan said federal authorities are trying to track down other people the suspect was working with.

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