Québec City, December 21, 2006 - The Royal Canadian Mounted Police Québec City Detachment seized counterfeit DVDs and video games, pirated software, computers and even a rifle during two searches conducted on December 19 in the region. Two suspects have been arrested in relation to this operation. Charges should be laid against them.

Twelve federal officers, with the co-operation of the Canadian Motion Picture Distributors Association, took part in the searches. A first search was conducted in a Québec City business where a man was put under arrest. A second surprise visit was made in a private residence of the Sainte-Catherine-de-la-Jacques-Cartier area where a woman was arrested.

Loaded rifle
Police seized close to 400 counterfeit video games and 270 counterfeit DVDs, 240 copies of software, 60 computers, two hard disks, a DVD player, a printer, a screen, and blank DVDs, for a total value of $80,000. They also found a loaded .22 caliber rifle on the premises. The investigation, undertaken a little over two months ago, is still ongoing to gather further evidence which should enable the RCMP to lay charges.

The illegal production and sale of DVDs and other counterfeit goods account for losses of millions of dollars annually. Consequently, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police invites citizens to report any information on suspect activities by calling (418) 648-3733. All tips are kept confidential.

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For information:
Richard Faucher, Corporal
Royal Canadian Mounted Police
Québec city Detachment
(418) 648-7522