RCMP seize illegal satellite equipment, Baie-Sainte-Anne, N.B.

On April 22, 2004, the RCMP in District 5 Kent County assisted by the Federal Enforcement Section from Moncton executed a search warrant at a building in Baie-Sainte-Anne. Police discovered equipment used to decode satellite equipment. It is believed the person or persons running the operation had a significant number of customers.

It is illegal to sell or possess equipment that decodes unlicensed satellite television signals or provides free access to licensed Canadian satellite signals that would otherwise have to be paid for. The RCMP is responsible for enforcement of the Radiocommunication Act and continue to take the measures necessary to apply the law with particular emphasis on illegal commercial operations and theft of telecommunications. Satellite signal theft represents a tremendous loss to the Canadian economy. It also represents a physical danger. Illegal satellite equipment often uses frequencies not authorized in Canada, and has been shown to interfere with search and rescue, aircraft emergency and police radio frequencies.

If a person is convicted, they could face two years in prison and fines of up to $5,000. They also stand to lose any proceeds which may have been acquired through the illegal activity.

There have been no arrests or charges to date. The investigation is continuing.


Sgt. Dave Mazerolle