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Police Bust Women In Alleged Counterfeit Nike Scheme

Comstock/Thinkstock(ATLANTA) -- Two South Carolina women were arrested in Georgia after what began as a traffic stop resulted in what police are calling a major bust of counterfeit goods.

Police in Gwinnett County, Ga., say they pulled over a Pontiac Grand Prix on Interstate 85 on Saturday after the vehicle was spotted traveling too close behind another vehicle. Two women were in the car, and during the traffic stop the driver reportedly admitted to having marijuana in the vehicle and allowed police to conduct a search, according to ABC News' Atlanta affiliate WSB-TV.

Officers say they found 78 boxes of Nike sneakers, but upon looking at the footwear officers became suspicious. The serial numbers on the sneakers did not match those on the boxes, the Nike logos could be peeled right off, and on some of the sneakers the Michael Jordan logo had one too many fingers, police tell WSB-TV.

Kotina Lashan Feaster and Jessica Pennick were arrested and charged in connection with the discovery. At least one of the suspects claimed no knowledge of the goods being counterfeit.

"She came down from South Carolina to get all these shoes and then she drove back to SC to sell them," vehicle officer Nicholas Boney told WSB-TV.

Police estimate the goods retail at more than $12,000.

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