MUMBAI: Malaysian enforcement officers, with the assistance of two dogs – Lucky and Flo, who are trained to sniff optical discs, raided a suspect pirate optical disc production factory in
Lucky and Flo once again proved their mettle in the duoâ€™s maiden factory raid. The worldâ€™s first dogs trained to sniff optical discs uncovered a hoard of pirated discs in the factory premises as well as in vehicles parked outside.
It took over 22 men from the Ministry of Domestic Trade & Consumer Affairs (MDTCA) and Motion Picture Association (MPA) representatives to break down the factory doors. The authorities also detained four suspects found on the factory floor for further questioning. Preliminary investigations have revealed that a pirate syndicate had been running the operations at the factory for the last three months. They were able to mask the true nature of their operations by masquerading as a factory producing fertilizers. 300 sacks of fertilizers were piled outside the premises in an attempt to camouflage their illegal activities. They were however unable to fool the dogs.
Approximately 18,000 illegal discs were seized along with the three machines. Among the titles found were Hot Fuzz, Pirates of the
â€œLucky and Flo have done it once again. Their deployment in
They have been involved in several operations leading to the arrests of 26 people and seizures of over 1.6 million discs, 3 DVD replicating machines, 2 VCD machines and 97 CDR Burners,â€ said MPA senior vice president and regional director, Asia-Pacific Mike Ellis.