On December 8, police raided the home of Newark resident Derek Ramirez, 24, and confiscated DVD burners, computer towers, modded Xbox 360 systems and several hundred pirated games. He was arrested under New Jersey's Anti-Piracy act.
"The ESA [Entertainment Software Association] had been trying to track [Ramirez] for some time," said a rep for the Essex, New Jersey Prosecutor's Office. He added that the ESA notified the county about Ramirez' alleged activities in early November this year.
Following notification from the ESA, authorities conducted "several" undercover purchases of pirated software.
The rep didn't yet have an estimated street value of the pirated goods.
According to a statement released today by the ESA, the county prosecutor's office also found that Ramirez had been placing online ads offering to modify Xbox 360 consoles to play pirated games. In addition, he had been selling pirated games out of his home.
Ramirez' hard drive is currently being held as evidence in Essex County's computer forensics lab.
The suspect faces up to five years in jail and "substantial fines."
Entertainment Software Association boss Doug Lowenstein applauded the bust in a statement, adding that the ESA will continue to support law enforcement in game piracy matters.