PD: Professional music pirate arrested in west Phoenix

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Posted at 3:00 PM, Feb 05, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-05 17:00:53-05

PHOENIX — Undercover officers arrested a west Phoenix man after buying thousands of pirated music files.

According to a Phoenix police report, 39-year-old Guillermo Duarte Martinez was arrested on January 29 at his home near 91st Avenue and Thomas Road.

Undercover officers reportedly bought several USB drives from Martinez containing thousands of files of illegally recorded music.

In one exchange, they purchased two memory drives containing 461 music files in exchange for eight bottles of laundry detergent.

Court records show the estimated value of the pirated music is about $28,000.

Investigators also found out that Martinez was selling memory drives filled with music from his business at Desert Sky Mall.

Police say his business ledger showed daily sales of memory drives containing pirated music.

He has been charged with trafficking stolen property and unlawful sale of sounds from recording devices.