CaribWorldNews, MIAMI, FL, Thurs. Sept. 17, 2009: A 66-year-old Miami resident has been convicted for trafficking counterfeit Cuban cigars.
Lauro Perez was this week convicted on charges of conspiracy to traffic in counterfeit cigars and seven counts of trafficking in counterfeit cigars.
According to evidence presented at trial, Perez manufactured more than 50 boxes of counterfeit cigars and sold them to an undercover MDPD detective.
Perez manufactured and sold the counterfeit cigars from his Miami home. The cigar boxes were meticulously detailed replicas of well-known cigar brands including Montecristo, Cohiba, Romeo y Julieta, Trinidad, and others, all of which are brands which are trademark protected in the United States. The cigar boxes falsely represented that the enclosed cigars were Cuban. The defendant sold each counterfeit box of cigars for $45.
Sentencing is scheduled for Monday, Nov. 23, 2009 before U.S. District Court Judge James Lawrence King.