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Posted: Nov 19, 2012 6:50 PM

Updated: Nov 19, 2012 7:02 PM

SAN JUAN - Police say they have busted the largest pirated compact-disc operation in San Juan's history.

The bust happened after a traffic stop. An officer noticed some unlabelled CDs in the vehicle and that led a nearby home where they found 29,000 pirated music CDs.

"There is never a victimless crime, and this is just one of those," San Juan Police Sgt. Rolando Garcia said.

He said the discs cut into the recording industry's profits.

"This is money to people. They are music artists and they do make a living and a career out of them. All these CDs that are in here were probably not going to be paid to them; it's going to be paid to the gentleman that we have under arrest right now," Garcia said.

"You can see each machine has a minimum of six drives. That's to enhance and maximize his capability of burning more CDs at the same time," Garcia said.

Music and movie pirating is spreading throughout the Rio Grande Valley, Garcia said. He said the disks are typically sold at flea markets.

A 37-year-old was arrested and will face state felony charges, Garcia said.

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