Man arrested for having 16 pounds of fake gold jewelry

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HINDS COUNTY, Miss. (WJTV) — Deputies in Hinds County arrested a man for having about 16 pounds of counterfeit gold jewelry.

Sheriff Victor Mason said Vasile Catlin Paun was arrested on I-20 by deputies conducting a traffic stop Monday.

Authorities said Paun is here illegally from Romania. He told authorities he was living in another state and was headed to New Jersey from Texas.

He consented to a search and authorities found 11 packages filled with 203 fake gold rings and 114 fake gold necklaces.

The packages were hidden in a fender wall.

Paun has been charged with counterfeit goods and is being held for federal authorities.

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