Alleged counterfeit items seized in raid at Perrysburg plant PDF Print E-mail
Written by PETER KUEBECK/Sentinel Staff Writer   
Tuesday, 11 March 2014 11:42
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A Perrysburg police vehicle sits in front of Glow Industries along Eckel Junction Road. (Photo: J.D. Pooley/Sentinel-Tribune)
PERRYSBURG – Over 1,000 items were seized during a multi-agency raid at Glow Industries today.
The business was under investigation regarding alleged trademark counterfeiting on merchandise.
“We believed, and what we confiscated out of there, are so called ‘stash cans,’” said Jill Del Greco, spokesperson for the Ohio Attorney General’s Office. “This is a counterfeiting trademark investigation.”
The cans, which have false bottoms, use trade-marks and images such as those found on familiar products – such as, said Del Greco, cans of Coca-Cola. Glow Industries, she said, “according to what we believe, do not have permission to sell Coca-Cola products.” About 12 different trademarks were involved in a previous investigation, but it was not clear how many were found at the Perrysburg site.
The raid at Glow Industries, 12962 Eckel Junction Road, started around 8 a.m. and involved the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Identification, the Drug Enforcement Agency, Ohio Pharmacy Board, Perrysburg Police, the Wood County Sheriff’s Office, the Wood Count Prosecutor’s Office, and the Fairfield/Hocking County Major Crimes unit.
Del Greco said that about 1,000 of the stash cans were seized, but no other items were obtained in the raid. The investigation began last year in Fairfield County.
The DEA and Pharmacy Board personnel were at the scene “in case any drugs were found inside the warehouse there. No drugs were found,” said Del Greco.
She said that in Fairfield County “there were some different items found in that investigation,” but could not comment on what they were. She also could not comment on whether Glow Industries sells items in that area.
According to their website, which was not available for a period on Tuesday morning, Glow Industries is “the premier wholesale manufacturer and distributor of glass sex toys, smoking accessories, and alternative lifestyle products.” It was established in 1978 “following the success of its three-store chain of The Shed retail shores” in Toledo.
The company sells 2,000 products, and has warehouses in California and Ohio.
A call placed with Glow Industries late Tuesday morning indicated their office expected to be closed for another four hours.
“We’re not making any arrests,” said Del Greco. “We are just gathering evidence at this point that we would turn over to the county prosecutor’s office at this point to determine if charges will be filed.”
Last Updated on Tuesday, 11 March 2014 12:54
 

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