Baker says Ga. will work to stop counterfeit items

ATLANTA - Georgia Attorney General Thurbert Baker says the

state will work to stop the flood of counterfeit items - such as

clothes, cigarettes and movies - because profits from those sales

go to gangs, fraud rings and terrorist organizations.

Speaking Wednesday to the Georgia and U.S. chambers of commerce,

Baker said he's assigned a senior assistant attorney general to

coordinate with local prosecutors and law enforcement.

According to a poll commissioned by the U.S. Chamber of

Commerce, 18 percent of those questioned in metro Atlanta said they

had knowingly bought counterfeit items in the past year. The number

was much higher - 41 percent - among adults younger than 25.