Ross Feinstein, spokesperson for Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), says that Monday morning, Springfield Police and special agents from the Homeland Security Investigations division of ICE executed a federal search warrant at Main Source, located on Main Street in Indian Orchard.
“The search warrant was in support of an ongoing investigation regarding intellectual property theft,” Feinstein adds.
“The HSI directorate is a critical asset in the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) mission, responsible for investigating a wide range of domestic and international activities arising from the illegal movement of people and goods into, within and out of the United States,” he notes.
Seized during Monday’s operation were about 10,000 counterfeit DVDs and CDs, some of which included movies that are still in the theater.
Feinstein says that the division’s Intellectual Property Rights Coordination Center remains one of the nation’s key weapons in fighting criminal counterfeiting and piracy. He explains that “The IPR Center uses the expertise of its 20 member agencies to share information, develop initiatives, coordinate enforcement actions, and conduct investigations related to [intellectual property] theft. Through this strategic inter-agency partnership, the IPR Center protects the public’s health and safety, the U.S. economy and the war fighters.”
Homeland Security special agents continue to investigate this case.
Feinstein notes that anyone can report theft of intellectual property online by visiting their website.