Jennings store cited for counterfeit merchandise

A Jennings County convenience store was among 11 businesses in southeastern Indiana from which Indiana State Excise Police seized counterfeit merchandise.

North Vernon Mini Mart, 895 S. State St., was cited administratively on the preliminary charge of public nuisance, as were the other stores, according to a news release.

Excise officers seized more than 2,000 items of counterfeit merchandise, including hats, sunglasses, shirts and purses that were imitations of name brands, the news release said.

Each business possesses a valid alcohol permit and tobacco sales certificate, but reports will be submitted to the Indiana Alcohol and Tobacco Commission’s prosecutor for review, the news release said.