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Major anti-piracy raids in Mexico

Written by James Delahunty (Google+) @ 08 Mar 2007 16:55 User comments (12)

Major anti-piracy raids in Mexico Mexican authorities from the Attorney General's office (PGR), the Public Security Group from Mexico State, as well as local police, have stepped up their anti-piracy enforcement operations in the past two weeks, with significant results. These actions are part of the new administration's programme dedicated to stepping up operations against the organized criminal groups behind music, film and games piracy.
The significant amounts of pirate product seized are leading authorities to conduct follow-up investigations with the goal of determining cracking the structure of these organized criminal gangs. Here are more details on the numerous raids conducted...
Tepito
  • "Operation Rolex" consisted of raids against 16 warehouses and nine duplication labs in the suburb of Tepito that led to the seizure of 232 burners, 130,000 CDRs and 200,000 inlays. A total of 350 police officers and 20 prosecutors participated in the raid.
  • A further raid in Tepito against 160 warehouses and three replicating labs which netted 149,000 recorded CDRs, 160 burners and five million inlays. In addition, authorities seized two homemade duplicating blank CDR machines. A total of 250 police officers and 10 prosecutors participated in the raid.
  • Authorities executed search warrants in an area known as Matamoros Plaza in Tepito on 52 warehouses and one lab, which resulted in the seizure of 83 burners, 125,000 CDRs and six million inlays. A total of 400 police officers and 14 prosecutors participated in the raid
Puebla
  • A raid against 232 points of sale in the infamous "La Cuchilla" market in the state of Puebla led to seizures of 1.4 million CDRs, 1.2 million films, 300,000 games and 144 active burners. A total of 500 police officers and 13 prosecutors participated in the raid
Guadalajara city
  • Authorities in the city of Guadalajara conducted an operation in the major market of San Juan de Dios, raiding 95 warehouses, five labs and seizing 395,000 CDRs, 102 burners and almost one million inlays. A total of 150 police officers and five prosecutors participated in the raid
"We believe these raids have dealt a serious blow to the pirate groups, which dominate these markets and demonstrate the magnitude of music and film piracy in Mexico State. The local industry anti-piracy team provided logistic support for the raids. We congratulate the Attorney General's Office, Mexico State's Public Security Group as well as federal and local police officers for another job well done." Fernando Hernandez, head of the Mexican music industry association Amprofon, said.

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12 user comments

18.3.2007 17:55

well there is always somebody ready to take the previous bootleger spot lol this will never stop, sad but very true

28.3.2007 18:36

all i can say is all those cops for a few warehouses daym......seems like they found mostly music in these warehouses.....but good luck catching them all cuz it will never happen.....its like filesharing u can never stop it..........

38.3.2007 20:45

well im from mexico and all i can say is, they wont stop piracy, but personally ive been to this neighbourhood and this arent youre regullar pirat, this guys are really crooks, i mean murderers and kidnapers based on mexicanhell kitchens, called tepito, im more than glad they got them, this guys are the kind of guys running a small underground store that sells ps3 for 500 usd when its 900 dollars in the regular market, and after making the sell they rob you in the next 3 blocks, this is more than a raid, they had to confiscate an entire block wich was called the fortress where you could find mexican finnest scum

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49.3.2007 2:10

Wonder if the pocketed any for themselves. Do you really need that many cops to do an operation like this? Its not like their taking on the mob or drug cartel. Also the "prosecutors participated in the raid" now thats funny. Just to enhance their image for a future job in an already corrupt government. Now I now why they seek into the State.They cant sell their bootlegs

59.3.2007 4:25

Originally posted by coleken3:
Do you really need that many cops to do an operation like this? Its not like their taking on the mob or drug cartel.

If in Mexico is like in my country, Honduras, then all this is run by very dangerous street gangs, ever heard of MS13 and Mara 18 (18 street),
and the neighborhoods where they run their operations from are very dangerous places where no even cops would dare go in alone, those gangs don't have any problem killing people, specially cops.

69.3.2007 10:12

Elshorty you can bet they are very dangerous people, this place was called the fortress and in adition to having all this piracy it was the number 1 place for drugdeals, it was so bad in ther that the government plain and simple evicted everybody, not caring if you owned the place or if you did something or not, the whole complex was evicted

79.3.2007 18:22

I'd like to know where they hold the the Government-seized auction.

810.3.2007 17:15

I too am from Mexico City and have been to tepito many many times. It is a very dangerous place to shop.
But IMO, the cops will definitely take a very large share of that pirated media and turn around and sell it. That's no secret. Cops in mexico are crooked mfkrs. Everybody knows that. Piracy in Mexico will always be alive.

910.3.2007 20:27

Originally posted by nu2duo:
I too am from Mexico City and have been to tepito many many times. It is a very dangerous place to shop.
But IMO, the cops will definitely take a very large share of that pirated media and turn around and sell it. That's no secret. Cops in mexico are crooked mfkrs. Everybody knows that. Piracy in Mexico will always be alive.

I very much agree. Cops in mexico will take your cash or goods and turn the other way and let you walk free. I lived near Reynosa Mexico at one point in my life. I've been there too. To my knowledge it is not illegal to make or sell copies. Just cross the border and you see them selling movies in the open. I wonder how this is illegal there. Oh well. Shit wont stop for sure.

1010.3.2007 20:30

Quote:
Originally posted by coleken3:
Do you really need that many cops to do an operation like this? Its not like their taking on the mob or drug cartel.

If in Mexico is like in my country, Honduras, then all this is run by very dangerous street gangs, ever heard of MS13 and Mara 18 (18 street),
and the neighborhoods where they run their operations from are very dangerous places where no even cops would dare go in alone, those gangs don't have any problem killing people, specially cops.

You say your from Honduras. My father in law goes there often to visit hig soon to be wife. I live in the usa dallas tx to be exact. He states its a very nice place. I have heard of ms13. They are deadly gang to mess with. I used to live in edinburg, tx. Where i lived 20 mins from the border of Reynosa Mexico. That street gang was in fights with another gang over drugs. They can and will kill you just for looking at them wrong. Ruthless!! Is the correct for these gangas.

1122.3.2007 7:36

correct me if im wrong but if this place is so bad as people say it is then no wonder they needed as many cops etc to bust the places they did but if that was the case then y didnt these people protect themselves better against the raid ie: destroyin the evidence or was there a mole involved ( probably ) anyway it sounds like that wont be the last we hear of them ......

1224.3.2007 17:16

its just so down into the slums they thought there was no0 way police would get in, besides theyve been operating under the corruption of aouthorities for so long they probably didnt expected to anything to hapen, since they had paid ther monthly fees :p

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