WSFA 12 News Exclusive: Federal Agents Raid Store in Montgomery Flea Market

Montgomery, Al. (WFSA) -- Well known businessman Sammy Stephens leases space to independent vendors at Flea Market Montgomery.

Most are reputable businesses, but one shop has Stephens fuming.

That's because the flea market quickly became a crime scene for Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers.

Agents rummaged through one of the vendors at the market--called "ATL Fashions."

Investigators say the business sold and trafficked counterfeit merchandise.

"Everything from counterfeit purses to counterfeit shirts, to bags, to Nike shoes, jeans, almost every type of thing," explained RAIC Mickey Pledger of the Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

It's all part of an ongoing investigation, but the seizures started Wednesday.

A separate storage facility, a suspect's home, and a warehouse on Governor's Square held millions of dollars of merchandise, proving a major find for Federal agents.

"This is certainly one of the largest contraband seizures in an awfully long time--certainly in the Southeast," Pledger said.

Investigators made four arrests: Kemo Krubally, Mamadou Cellou Diallo, Mamadou Noussy Diallo, and Adoulaye Barry.

Barry is the only suspect with "permanent resident status" in the United States.  Agents identified Krubally, an illegal alien, as the head of the operation.

"Mr. Krubally is a distributor.  He has retail locations, but he is a distributor, buying directly from the importer and basically selling," Pledger explained.

It's a surprise for Sammy Stephens, but it's not the first time a tenant sold fake goods.

"This is the second time," he explained.  "It happened a year ago.  I cleaned the house out, and they slipped right back in on me."

With yet another seizure, Stephens says he'll keep a closer eye on the shops in his building.

"I'm going to have to hire somebody to watch and check behind everybody, and I'm going to call customs and make sure they check in here and check the product, too," he said.

Reporter:  Cody Holyoke