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Traffic stop nets possible bootleg media

COVINGTON - An alert Newton County Sheriff's Office deputy made a traffic stop and wound up arresting the driver on much more serious charges.

According to NCSO spokesman Lt. Mark Mitchell, Deputy Brandon Rains made a routine traffic stop at the intersection of Carlton Trail and Stone Street in Oxford after noticing that the vehicle had exceptionally dark window tinting.

After testing the tint, it was found to be darker than is permitted by Georgia law.

"Further investigation and a search of the vehicle revealed there were multiple DVDs and CDs, which are believed to be unlawful reproductions," Mitchell said, adding that many of the movie titles were for movies presently showing in theaters and which have not been released for home video.

The value of the multiple titles was estimated to be $780 for the movies and $590 for the music.

Kristopher M. Jackson, 32, of 6200 Bakers Ferry Road, Atlanta, was arrested and charged with window tint violation and unlawful reproduction of recording materials.

Mitchell said not only were the illegal recordings a violation of law, but the cases and covers that had been reproduced were also violations.

He said the NCSO had closed its case with the arrest, but further investigation from federal authorities and movie and recording entities could be forthcoming.

Barbara Knowles can be reached at barbara.knowles@newtoncitizen.com