Tuesday, January 31, 2006

The Man busts bootleggers

The Providence Journal (registration required) is reporting that the Rhode Island State Police arrested five people in Providence and seized over 5,000 countefeit DVDs and compact discs. One of the spots The Man visited was the Manton Avenue Flea Market at the Atlantic Mills in Manton (or Olneyville - depending how you look at it).

I'm amazed only one person was arrested here, since bootlegged material has always been on sale at the Flea Market quite openly since it opened for business. I remember seeing bootleg video tapes for sale there in the 1990s, and bootleg DVDs for sale there last year. I suppose someone finally decided to get serious about it?

The Staties were reportedly accompanied by officers from the Providence police department, and the ever dreaded La Migra (agents from the U.S. Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement).

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