Court: Motel 6 guest caught reproducing DVDs/CDs; more than 350 discs confiscated

acarlson@ledger-enquirer.comOctober 18, 2013 

Travis Smoker

A maintenance man discovered one motel guest's extensive DVD/CD pirating operation, according to court testimony Friday.

Travis Smoker pleaded not guilty to one count of possession and one count of reproduction of recorded material, a felony, in Recorder's Court.

An officer testified in court that he responded to the Motel 6 at 3050 Victory Dr. on Thursday, where he spoke with two motel employees.

One employee, the maintenance man, had observed Smoker's alleged DVD copying operation after responding to his request for maintenance. It made a noise "as if a cat was purring," according to testimony.

The officer arrived and knocked on Smoker's door. Its opening released the "pungent" odor of marijuana.

The officer testified that he saw several DVDs in the room, a computer tower and a pornographic movie playing on TV — as well as three cigars and three small bags of suspected marijuana.

Smoker agreed to speak with the officer and allegedly admitted to having just smoked. He explained to the officer that the DVD and CD copying equipment was his and that the operation was his "hustle."

Smoker allegedly sold these reproductions for $1.

Smoker declined to make a statement in court.

The officer testified that the motel room was not in Smoker's name, though he had been at the motel for at least one day.

More than 350 DVDs and CDs were confiscated from Smoker's room.

Judge Michael Cielinski set an $1,000 bond for the possession charge and $75,000 for the reproduction of recorded materials.

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