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Authorities seize counterfeit DVDs, CDs in I-95 traffic stop

Posted June 19, 2009

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— A state trooper and a Halifax County sheriff's deputy said they seized counterfeit DVDs and CDs from the vehicle of a Charlotte man stopped along Interstate 95.

The Halifax County 911 communications center received a report around 2 a.m. of a vehicle traveling north in the southbound lanes of I-95. A trooper stopped the vehicle near mile marker 168, at N.C. Highway 903, and Deputy W. Murphy arrived as backup.

Murphy said they noticed the driver, Andre Edwards, 26, of Charlotte, acting nervous. They asked for permission to search the vehicle, and Edwards consented.

Inside, Murphy said, they found 305 counterfeit DVDs and CDs, an HP computer and a NetGear zip drive.

Edwards was charged with felony retailing records. He was being held in the Halifax County Jail under a $1,000 bond. His first court date was set for July 21.

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  • 5-113 FA Retired Jun 19, 2009

    Anyone that has done a military rotation overseas knows about bootleg movies and music. Use them a couple of times and they're toast. Hadji is making a killing.

  • leo-nc Jun 19, 2009

    "what exactly did this guy do to get himself reported? Did he speed? Did he try to sell the bootlegs at a mini-mart? Or do they just pull people because they're driving on I-95 at 2 a.m.?"---

    Apparently you didn't read the part where it said he was traveling the wrong direction on the Interstate...

  • fl2nc2ca2md2nc Jun 19, 2009

    My understanding is that it is permissible to make a backup copy or two for yourself. But in this case it sounds like probably had lots of copies.

    My first thought was, "wow, leo(s) have really become sophisticated to be able to detect potential wrong-doing in this case. Kudos to them for being so well trained.

    Of course, if this guy is found innocent, then his property should be returned to him. I do have a problem with seizure laws that occur before trial (such as homes and vehicles), but in this case, the DVDs and CDs are evidence.

  • bathroom_monkey Jun 19, 2009

    What are the laws on bootlegs? They make blank DVDs and CDs for a reason dont they? I understand why this guy was pulled over, driving in the wrong direction is never a good thing, especially on 95. But let's say that I was pulled over for a routine traffic stop and an officer noticed a bunch of Cds and Dvds in my backseat. Does this give them the right to confiscate stuff that I legally burned on my laptop!?

  • outside_of_apex Jun 19, 2009

    Traveling north in the southbound lane might be a cause for attention.

  • foetine Jun 19, 2009

    what exactly did this guy do to get himself reported? Did he speed? Did he try to sell the bootlegs at a mini-mart? Or do they just pull people because they're driving on I-95 at 2 a.m.?