Police smash Spain's biggest pirate CD gang
18 February 2005, MADRID-Police have arrested members of the biggest pirate CD operation ever detected in Spain.
18 February 2005
MADRID-Police have arrested members of the biggest pirate CD operation ever detected in Spain.
Eight Chinese men have been detained and CDs worth EUR 900,000 have been seized in raids in Leganes, near Madrid.
The operation – codenamed 'Xham-pu' – was carried out with raids at three addresses.
Police arrested the leader of the gang, who was named only as Mengyong C.
Officers seized 161 copying machines which can reproduce CDs and DVDs, 54,334 music CDs, 1,572 films, 22,800 stands, 55,000 sleeves and cash totalling EUR 2,225.
Two specialised police units, dealing in organised crime, led the investigation which took one year to reach its conclusion.
After one earlier arrest, the gang moved its operation twice until they were finally traced to their current addresses.
Police traced the gang because of their excessive use of electricity, the constant movement of people in and out of the property carrying bags and the build up of rubbish outside.
Manuel de Benito, head of the police unit which tracks crime involving intellectual property, said gangs like this one "continued to cause serious economic damage in Spain, closing record shops, both large and small, with the consequent loss of jobs."
[Copyright EFE with Expatica]
Subject: Spanish news