Saturday, May 18 2013 11:42 PM EDT2013-05-19 03:42:57 GMT
A Lowndes County man is behind bars after deputies uncovered nearly half a million dollars of marijuana. Deputies responded to a complaint at Jose Sanchez's house on Highway 129 North Friday. AuthoritiesMore >>
A Lowndes County man is behind bars after deputies uncovered nearly half a million dollars of marijuana.
Saturday, May 18 2013 11:42 PM EDT2013-05-19 03:42:03 GMT
Hundreds of people came out to Lake Blackshear Saturday to support law enforcement and the Crisp County Sheriff. It was the first annual pigs in the park event, put on by the Georgia Narcotics Officer'sMore >>
Hundreds of people came out to Lake Blackshear Saturday to support law enforcement and the Crisp County Sheriff.More >>
Saturday, May 18 2013 9:47 PM EDT2013-05-19 01:47:12 GMT
Thomasville Police are looking for two men who attempted to rob a store, scaring customers and clerks. Police say they responded to the Dollar General on West Jackson Street around 9:15pm Friday. EmployeesMore >>
Thomasville Police are looking for two men who attempted to rob a store, scaring customers and clerks.
Saturday, May 18 2013 6:59 PM EDT2013-05-18 22:59:02 GMT
Dougherty County police are searching for a motorist who hit a pedestrian and then fled the scene. Authorities say it happened around 11pm Friday near the 3900 block of Radium Springs Road. PoliceMore >>
Dougherty County police are searching for a motorist who hit a pedestrian and then fled the scene. More >>
Saturday, May 18 2013 6:58 PM EDT2013-05-18 22:58:50 GMT
It's graduation time for high schools in Dougherty County and students are ready to embark on their next journey. 230 graduates received their high school diplomas from Westover Comprehensive High SchoolMore >>
230 graduates received their high school diplomas from Westover Comprehensive High School this Saturday morning.More >>
April 12, 2004
Dougherty County -- Pirated DVD's and CD's cost legitimate businesses millions of dollars each year. Six people were arrested in a raid on a Dougherty County flea market and confiscated illegally-made movies and records.
Some of the movies seized in Saturday's raid are still being shown at local theatres. Even "The Passion of the Christ" DVD's were being sold for three dollars.
District Attorney Ken Hodges said "We confiscated thousands, literally thousands of DVD's."
Police raided Kitty's Flea Market Saturday morning. They arrested six people running booths selling the illegally copied movies and CDs, while more vendors ran. Two more people are expected to turn themselves into authorities this week.
Hodges said "At least a dozen or more booths out there on a regular basis, and that's in one flea market here in Dougherty County. So yeah, I would say it's very widespread."
You can tell the are not legitimate DVD's by looking at the wrapper, which is poorly applied. Professional DVD's that are real are packaged much better than this.
When you open the DVD package, there's just a plain white DVD. You know there are problems there.
The quality of the DVD's is very poor. The bootleg "The Passion of the Christ", with sound dropouts and grainy video, but it is the real movie. Now investigators are looking for the people making the pirated media. And they don't think they are far away. Hodges said "It's within the state."
Pirated media like these hurt legitimate businesses like the CD Exchange on Dawson Road. Owner James Myler said "That may be some of the reason our sales are down. They can sell brand new stuff still at the theatres that they pirated cheaper than the used stuff we sell."
District Attorney Ken Hodges warns the flea market owners they will be held responsible for more illegal sales. Hodges said "If they continue to allow this to take place, there are criminal charges that can be filed against the owner. And we could utilize forfeiture statutes to seize the property."
Also seized Saturday were black market purses and NBA jerseys. Vendors told investigators they could make three to five thousand dollars a day selling the pirated DVD's.
Two of the men arrested were Nigerians, in the country illegally. The State Department has been notified.