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Mounties descend on Quebec satellite pirates

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QUEBEC - This week, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police put an end to the unlawful activities of individuals who were selling equipment used to illegally receive satellite television signals.

The RCMP arrested one woman and eight men aged between 25 and 45. This police operation, known as "Project Console", was conducted in Montreal and Quebec City in co-operation with Industry Canada, Film and Video Security Office of the Canadian Motion Picture Distributors Association, and the staff of Bell ExpressVu.

In the Quebec region, this operation has led to the execution of eight search warrants in five residences and three places of business specializing in electronics.

The police officers seized software, Bell ExpressVu access cards, computers and other types of equipment used to steal satellite television signals, valued at $175,000 and seven vehicles valued at $100,000 as well as drugs, firearms and more than $50,000 in cash.

Two searches were also conducted yesterday in the Montreal area and led to the seizure of equipment used to steal satellite television signals. More than $11,000and US$3 000 in cash was also seized. Two males subjects were arrested in Montreal.

All the subjects arrested as a result of this police operation will be summoned to appear in court.
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