Thousands of Counterfeit CDs, DVDs Seized in Holly Springs Arrest
Posted March 15, 2007 4:49 p.m. EDT
Updated March 15, 2007 11:07 p.m. EDT
Holly Springs, N.C. — Police raided a Holly Springs home Thursday, arresting the owner and confiscating thousands of counterfeit CDs and DVDs.
Holly Springs police said they found about 3,400 disks valued at about $60,000, along with computer gear for burning multiple disks.
They charged Genevieve Rabina Flores, 32, of 400 Vista Spring Circle, with three felony counts involving pirated movies and music, police said. They also seized a vehicle in which they found disks.
The raid came after citizens tipped police to suspicious activity and officers obtained a warrant to raid the house.
"When you notice things that seem suspicious, don't just discount it," Police Chief John Herring said in crediting citizens with reporting their concerns.
Police arrived about 6:30 a.m. Thursday, they said, accompanied by a state trademark enforcement agent.
Flores, who is being held in the Wake County Jail on a $30,000 bond for arraignment Friday, faces charges of possessing unauthorized sound and visual recordings that did not have the manufacturers' true names and addresses and with possessing a tool or machine intended to produce a counterfeit mark.
“I'm not surprised. You never know what people are up to," Herring said.
"We knew something was going on over there, but we didn't know what," said neighbor Clyde Newcomb, who lives across the street. He said the specific allegations took him by surprise.
Flores bought the 14-year-old home in 2004.
"The movie industry and the music industry lose millions of dollars each year" through counterfeiters, Herring said. Holly Springs police have contacted both industries about the bust, and Herring says they are interested in learning more about how their case may be plugged into the black market.