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Posted: Thursday, June 14, 2012 12:00 am | Updated: 10:34 am, Wed Jan 30, 2013.

A Merced man pleaded guilty in federal court Monday for selling bootleg compact discs and DVDs at several flea markets in California.

Luis Puntos Coahuilas, 24, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit criminal copyright infringement and conspiracy to traffic in counterfeit labels, according to a press release from the office of United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner.

Under a plea agreement, Coahuilas and several co-conspirators confessed to selling counterfeit music and movies at the weekly flea market in Galt, as well as at to other flea markets statewide.

Coahuilas and his co-conspirators sold copies of DVDs and CDs that in total valued over $1 million, according to the press release.

The discs were seized from the defendants on Nov. 16, 2010.

This case is part of an ongoing operation by the FBI and the Sacramento Valley Hi-Tech Crimes Task Force.

The case involves a total of eight defendants. Two have already been sentenced to 42 months and 10 months in prison, respectively.

Coahuilas is scheduled to be sentenced by Chief United States District Judge Anthony W. Ishii on Aug. 27. He faces a maximum penalty of five years in prison.

Contact reporter Katie Nelson at katien@lodinews.com.

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