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Louisville Metro Police confiscate hundreds of NCAA game tickets

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Louisville Metro Police have hundreds of tickets to this week's NCAA tournament, and they say all of them -- along with thousands of dollars in cash -- were confiscated from scalpers.

Ticket scalping is illegal, but it is also big business during the NCAA tournament.

"You can't walk from here to the YUM! Center -- last night you couldn't without somebody approaching you trying to sell you tickets," said Sgt. Vic Slyzlowiki with LMPD.

Some of the scalpers unknowingly even tried to sell to undercover Metro Police. As a result, the scalpers lost their tickets and their money.

"We were able to issue multiple citations and take several hundred tickets and several thousand dollars in proceeds from that scalping," said Lt. Shawn Hensler, with LMPD's Downtown Area Patrol.

Police also made several arrests. One of those arrests was Roderick Foster.

Sgt. Slyzlowiki said, "He had probably sustained a substantial loss to his business out here scalping tickets."

Foster was arrested for alcohol intoxication, but was also allegedly heard making threats to police.

"It is common to arrest someone now and they make a threat against us. You know, we damaged his business that day, we took something away from him that he didn't feel like we should have taken," said Sgt. Slyzlowiki.

"It's against the law," said Louisville attorney Brandon Lawrence.

Lawrence explained when selling tickets becomes a crime.

"It is not against the law unless you sell it for over face value. That's the catch."

"Generally, the legitimacy of the tickets is in question, many times scalpers are not scalping legitimate tickets, they've forged them," said Lt. Hensler.

Lt. Hensler is in charge of the detail and said the department was asked to enforce the law.

"The NCAA, as well as the YUM! Center, has asked us to have some sort of law enforcement presence to prevent this type of activity," he said. "They don't want to see their patrons or customers get ripped off."

Metro Police will be running this detail through the end of the tournament.

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