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Florida Pirate Free on Bond

Police say his rap station interfered with WKCP

Romayne Davis, who local Florida police say operated a pirate station, turned himself into authorities and is now free on bond.

Because of Florida’s strict state law about unauthorized transmissions, the 23-year-old faces up to five years in prison on a felony, reports WPEC(TV), West Palm Beach, Fla.

Police say Davis operated an illegal station out of a warehouse since March using a laptop running iTunes.

The investigation began in July when a listener to American Public Media’s Classical South Florida WKCP(FM), Miami complained that rap music was blocking the signal on 89.7 MHz.

Police recovered a computer, transmitter and other gear which they said was used to broadcast the unauthorized station on 89.5 MHz.