Lakeland man arrested for selling pirated movie, music discs at flea markets

May 15th, 2015 by Staff

Deputies seized 35 boxes of the illegal discs from the suspect's van and residence.

(BTLS Staff) LAKELAND, Fla. – A 64-year-old Lakeland man is in trouble with the law following his arrest Wednesday for selling pirated music and movie discs.

Pedro Orosco Cortez was booked into the Polk County Jail and released after posting a bond of $1,000. He is facing one count of of sale of audio/visual recordings without proper identification.

According to a Polk County Sheriff’s Office report deputies received a tip the suspect was selling his illegal items at several locations in the area.

The report states Cortez sold his counterfeit discs at the Lakeland Farmer’s Market and the Silver Moon Drive-in flea market.

After the suspect was read his Miranda rights, Cortez told investigators that he sold several thousand dollars worth of the illegally copyrighted music and movie discs each week.

Detectives seized 35 boxes from the suspect’s van containing almost 5,000 discs.

Additional charges may be filed as the investigation continues.

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