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Police Seize 40,000 Pirated Audiotapes

February 05, 1989

Los Angeles vice officers arrested three men and confiscated up to 40,000 pirated audiotapes Saturday at a self-storage facility in Pacoima, police said.

Acting on a tip, two police officers drove into Laurel Canyon Self Storage in the 10800 block of Laurel Canyon Boulevard and saw three men unloading cases of tapes, Officer Erwin Velasco said.

Police estimated that they seized 30,000 to 40,000 tapes of Latin and American music with a street value of $500,000.

Arrested on suspicion of pirating tapes were Miguel Angel Penaloza-Rios, 28, of Sylmar; Miguel Arellano, 20, of Sylmar, and Efren Reyes Cazares, 28, of Pacoima.

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