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"Operation Knock Out Knock Offs" net two arrests

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JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

The Attorney General's "Operation Knock Out Knock Offs" initiative has shut down another counterfeiting operation and netted two arrests. This time in Hazlehurst.

Flanked by his investigators and officers with the Hazlehurst Police Department, Attorney General Jim Hood displayed a cache of counterfeit CDs and DVDs.

Police Chief Byron Swilley said the public alerted him to the place of business known as "The Ice House" in Hazlehurst. 

Chief Swilley said, "This investigation been going on for a little over a year and we was able to contact Attorney General's office and they immediately responded to us."

"You know, we're the only state in the nation that receives federal grants for the last three years to operate an intellectual property unit in our office and it's been very effective," said Attorney General Hood.

Patrick King, 37, was arrested and faces six counts of selling counterfeit CDs. It's not his first arrest for selling bogus CDs; he was busted in 2003. In convicted, King faces up to 38 years behind bars.

Police also arrested 25-year-old Christopher Williams for selling counterfeit goods out of his car at the Raju Gas Station on North Caldwell Drive in Hazlehurst. Williams faces possibly 10 years in prison, if convicted.

Both are in the Copiah County jail.

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