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Polish border police arrested eight people involved in the smuggling and manufacture of pirate CDs and DVDs in a raid carried out on 16 th January 2008.  Officers also seized illegal firearms, including handguns, a machine gun and a sawn-off shotgun, contraband cigarettes and tobacco as well as € 50,000 in cash. The border police from the region of Klodzko smashed the organised gang who both smuggled music and films believed to be produced in Russia and Ukraine as well as producing their own counterfeit discs. The pirate CDs and DVDs were allegedly destined for the German market. During the raid some 66,000 CDs, DVDs, CD-Rs and DVD-Rs and 108,000 inlay cards were seized along with counterfeit inlays and packaging.  The discs contained a mixture of German and international repertoire.  Officers secured the secret laboratory used for the illegal reproduction of discs which contained computers, two tower burners and two high-quality printers. Four of the eight suspects arrested, including the one German citizen, were remanded in custody for three months.  The other four suspects were released. The investigation continues.

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