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For Immediate Release:
March 23, 2017

Media Contact:
Det. Alvaro Zabaleta

Jewelers Arrested For Counterfeit Goods

Estimated Retail Price In The Millions


The Miami-Dade Police Department, Northside District along with the assistance of Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), has arrested two individuals during a counterfeit goods investigation that led to the seizure of an estimated retail price totaling over $31 million dollars.  The investigation led detectives to a jewelry store, The Lord of the Rings, located at 6230 S.W. 8 Street, where intelligence indicated the possible sale of counterfeit goods.  Investigators conducted an inspection where they discovered thousands of counterfeit name-brand merchandise such as Cartier, Channel, Tous, Tory Burch, Machael Kors and Rolex to name a few.  On March 7, 2017, the owner of the jewelry store, Tania Varona, 57 year-old white Hispanic female, was arrested at her business.  On March 21, 2017, investigators located the co-owner, Jimmy Hernandez, 40 year-old white Hispanic male, at his place of business and placed him under arrest. 

The sale of counterfeit goods greatly impacts retail merchants and the Miami-Dade Police Department remains committed to the protection of our consumers.  

Merchandise will be displayed and investigators will be present to answer any questions and provide valuable safety tips on how to avoid becoming victim of counterfeit goods.

Who: Miami-Dade Police Department Northside District General Investigation Unit

What:Show and tell of counterfeit goods.

When: March 24, 2017, 10:00 a.m.- 11:00 a.m.

Where:799 N.W. 81 Street Miami, Florida 33150

Why:Importance of how not to become a victim of counterfeit goods.

Editor's Note: Detective Marjorie Eloi will be your point of contact.


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