It was a raid like many in South Florida. And it proved successful. Acting on a tip, Miami-Dade police found a Miami warehouse stocked with contraband worth thousands of dollars. Much of it, detectives suspected, was bound for South America.

But what police uncovered in that warehouse in November 1997 wasn’t drugs or even guns. It was counterfeit computer software. The bounty included almost 900 fake copies of Microsoft Windows and a pair of knock-off Intel microprocessors.

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