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Eight persons arrested in CD/DVD pirating raid

Published:Wednesday | September 4, 2013 | 7:35 AM

Eight persons were yesterday arrested during an operation by the Organised Crime and Investigation Division (OCID) which resulted in the seizure of more than $1 million worth of CDs and DVDs.

The police believe the arrests and seizure have put a major dent in the sale of pirated CDs and DVDs.

The operation spanned police areas Two, Four and Five and resulted in eight persons being arrested and charged with breaches of the Copyright Act and exposing goods for sale.

The CDs/DVDs, which have an estimated street value of $100 million, a central processing unit and a burner were seized during the operation, which was conducted between Monday and yesterday.

The police say those charged are from St Ann, St Catherine and Kingston.

They are expected to appear in their parish's Resident Magistrate’s Court on September 16, 24 and 25.

Meanwhile, members of the OCID Anti Trafficking in Persons and Intellectual Property Vice Team are appealing to members of the public to refrain from buying pirated CDs and DVDs.

They say as street peddlers are sometimes employed by gangs and the proceeds are used to fund various illegal activities.

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