Hundreds of pirated DVDs seized after traffic stop in Elmwood Park

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A couple was arrested after authorities found hundreds of pirated DVDs during a traffic stop in Elmwood Park, authorities said Friday.

Paula Loaiza, 35, and Juan Salgado, 29, were pulled over near the intersection of Grand and 75th avenues on Jan. 26 for malfunctioning brake lights, police said.

Officers noticed a suitcase in the backseat and, after getting permission to search the car, officers found more than 800 DVDs in the suitcase and a backpack, police said. The couple told officers they bought the suitcase and backpack from a man in Chicago, according to police.

On Thursday, officers from the West Suburban Enhanced Drug/Gang Enforcement Task Force went to the couple’s Cicero home and saw a computer, printer and what appeared to be illegally produced DVD movies in the living room closet, police said. The officers seized the DVDs and computer equipment and arrested Loaiza.

Salgado was arrested later at a restaurant in Chicago where he works, police said.

Authorities contacted the Motion Picture Association of America and the Recording Industry Association of America, which inspected the DVDs and confirmed the movies had been pirated, and signed a formal complaint for the two organizations, police said.

The couple was charged with felony unlawful possession of unidentified audio/video recordings.


jgorner@tribune.com

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