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Springhill man accused of pirating movies

by Minden Press-Herald

More charges have been added to a Springhill man who was arrested last week on distribution charges.



Richard L. Jackson, 31, of Camelot Drive in Springhill, was arrested Friday, July 17, at Bayou Dorcheat Correctional Center for illegal use of counterfeit trademark. Bond was set at $100,000.

Springhill Police went to a residence with a felony warrant for drug distribution Thursday.

Police Chief Will Lynd says this new charge stems from apparent illegal activity in plain view during the search of the home after North Webster Narcotics Task Force agents served the warrant.

“We enter into the residence, and to the right in plain view, is a big computer and hundreds of CDs/DVDs,” he said. “It’s obvious that he’s burning or pirating movies. We go ahead and arrest him, but once we saw that illegal activity, it gave us the right to search the whole apartment.”

Noted among the movies reportedly pirated included The Avengers 2, San Andreas and others.

“It was just hundreds and hundreds of movies that he was pirating and selling them on the street for $5 a piece,” he said.

They seized the computer and the DVDs and obtained a warrant to search the computer.

Jackson was arrested Thursday on charges of distribution of crack cocaine. Once back at the Springhill Police Department, a background check revealed a previous warrant for theft by shoplifting. A Probation and Parole hold was placed on him with no bond.

Det. Bryan Montgomery was the arresting officer on Friday’s charges. Jackson remains incarcerated at BDCC.

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