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Arizona man accused of making fake auto air bags

PHOENIX — Authorities said a Maricopa man faced state criminal charges
for allegedly manufacturing counterfeit automotive air bags.

Phoenix police said 58-year-old Dwight Smith was arrested Tuesday by a joint
task force that involved U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s
Homeland Security Investigations.

Smith was booked into Maricopa County Jail on suspicion of counterfeit
marks and the manufacturing of counterfeit air bags and components.

Federal agents and Phoenix police served a state search warrant at Smith’s home
and said they found more than 40 counterfeit automotive air bags.

A police bomb squad detonated several dozen small initiator components at the
home as a precaution.

Detectives determined most of the air bags wouldn’t have worked properly if
they were installed in vehicles.


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