A Dorchester man was charged with selling counterfeit music after Boston detectives seized about $40,000 worth of CDs and thumb drives in Mattapan Monday night.
Derrick Albert, 48, was “well known to officers as someone who sold counterfeit merchandise and pirated music,” even though he was warned it was illegal, Boston police said.
Just before midnight, Albert set out his wares in front of a restaurant on Blue Hill Avenue, police said. He also connected a speaker to his car battery to play music.
Detectives quickly determined that the CDs were counterfeit, said police spokeswoman Rachel McGuire.
“[The CDs] weren’t in hard plastic cases, they were in these soft plastic sleeves,” she said. “The artwork was low quality and printed on regular computer paper and, to top it off, he was selling them far below market price. One CD for $5, two for $10, seven for $20, that kind of thing.”
Albert did not have a permit to sell the CDs on the sidewalk, police said. Albert was summoned to court to face the charges, police said.
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