Raid Targets Calif. Pirates


La Canada Flintridge, Calif. -- Two men who had allegedly
been marketing illegal set-tops through Asian media were arrested in this upscale Los
Angeles suburb recently by Los Angeles County Sheriff's deputies following an
investigation by Time Warner Cable.

A search warrant was executed at an upscale residence here,
just west of Pasadena, Calif. Officers seized about 400 boxes, according to Lt. Mike
O'Brien. At the residence, officers detained Bau Nguyen, 50, whom investigators
believe handled the marketing and distribution of the wares.

Also seized were portable decoder devices, which can be
hidden in videocassette boxes, along with a "cable hackers' bible" and
other paraphernalia used in cable theft.

The older man led deputies to his brother, Joseph, 35, who
was at a second address in San Gabriel, Calif. About 100 more boxes were recovered there.

Officials said the pair did business as Vegastronics and
VGS Electronics.

The two men were booked into the jail at the Crescenta
Valley Sheriff's substation, where they were held in lieu of $500,000 bail.

The sheriff's department indicated that the boxes had
probably been stolen, and the equipment should be returned to the rightful operators.