N.J. -- State Police detectives from the Cargo
Theft Unit arrested two men and recovered
more than 23,000 counterfeited DVD movies
and music CDs during the execution of a search
warrant Friday (Jan. 27th) in Newark.
Hill, 35, of Irvington and Lamie Diallo,
29, of Bronx, N.Y., were processed at Newark
State Police Barracks on charges involving
the sale and distribution of pirated films,
some of which are still playing at theaters.
Troopers and agents from the NJ Department
of Treasury, Office of Criminal Investigation,
along with experts from the film and entertainment
industry, executed a search warrant at 186
Market Street hoping to find a large supply
of the illegal disks. They found that the
third floor was accessible only after being
buzzed in through a video-monitored door.
Once inside, investigators found the entire
floor filled with boxes of titles ready
pirating and mass distribution of unauthorized
copies of DVD movies and music CDs is an
illicit international industry which generates
big profits for the criminals involved,”
said Attorney General Jeffrey S. Chiesa.
“With this raid, we have shut down
a major distribution hub for pirated movies
is one of many counterfeit goods operations
that the New Jersey State Police have put
out of business lately. Not only does this
activity rob legitimate U.S. companies of
profit, but money from the sale of fake
goods across the country has sometimes been
connected with the funding of terrorist
activity,” said Colonel Rick Fuentes,
Superintendent of the New Jersey State Police.
had arrived at the brick building Friday
morning with a delivery of more than 2,000
packaged disks. Hill allegedly is a primary
operator of the illegal third floor business.
The location served as a distribution hub
to a number of street vendors who purchase
titles cheap and then resell them to the
public. War Horse, Sherlock Holmes, Underworld
Awakening and Contraband are some of the
current movies seized. Initial estimates
value the disks at more than $200,000.
and Hill were both charged with possession
of counterfeit merchandise. Additionally,
Hill was charged with possession of prescription
legend drugs when he was found to have 60
tubes of suspected testosterone. Diallo
was released pending court and Hill was
lodged in Essex County Jail in default of
$150,000 full cash bail. The arrests and
charges resulted from an investigation by
the New Jersey State Police Cargo Theft
Unit working with the New Jersey Division
of Criminal Justice.
complaints filed against the defendants
are merely accusations and they are presumed
innocent until proven guilty. Because the
charges are indictable offenses, they will
be presented to a grand jury for potential
indictment. The case will be prosecuted
by the Division of Criminal Justice.