(UUNN HQ) TRI-Security, under contract from Tens & Piney shut down a black market SportLP power plant factory on Lothars Landing today after it was exposed in a news clip by pilot GrimGriz.
“It was not much of an operation there,” said TRI-SEC officer Layton ‘Scorch’ Morrison. “The perps took off and we destroyed the equipment they had there. It took maybe 15 minutes. Not sure I’d use on of those SportLPs.”
It’s not clear why black-marketers would select the SportLP as it is inexpensive and fairly plentiful.
(Quantar Core Station) On a day when Hyperial was honoring its former President, Dr. Kelvin Rauder, pilot GrimGriz went into Quantar space with pirate tags . . . destroyed the already-damaged Duelist factory in Omni IV . . . and then publicly made the following, somewhat cryptic, statement:
Many years ago, GrimGriz led the Dead Space Armada, one of Solrain’s premier factionalist squads. But since then his checkered history has seen him flying Quantar colors with both The Brotherhood and AQM, and now — apparently — supporting Hyperial in a one-person squad named “Lost s0ns of H.” Continue reading →
A smuggler flying a modified Phaeton fast-transport died today while being pursued by TRI Security (TRI-SEC) forces. TRI-SEC had scanned him and found him to be carrying two units of illegal Prosthetics. The chase continued through Dark Gateway, Primus Point, Arkans Cloud, The Outer Edge and The Outer Rim.
The smuggler’s ship hit a petal while exiting the Outer Rim gate towards The Rim. For some reason — perhaps because of the ship’s illegal ship modifications — the LifePod(tm) did not separate and the pilot was killed. The Solrain smuggler used the callsign Orico, though it is believed that this was a stolen transponder.
“Prosthetics activity seems to be on the rise again — especially out of Lothars,” said Solder Ronin, Commandant of TRI-SEC. “Prices have skyrocketed and these smugglers are willing to take big risks for big profits. But it won’t be worth it. We will catch them.”
(Solrain Core) TRI Corporation announced today that it will offer a 3 million credit reward for the location of the missing transport ship (TRI-TRAN-1) with its cargo intact.
“We realize now that we need more help with this,” said Solder Ronin, Commandant of TRI Security. “Our searches have turned up nothing. As far as we can determine the ship should be somewhere between Inner Gyre and Light Lost — so that’s a lot of space to cover.
“The big concern is that shield and armor storms that frequent this area will destroy the ship before we can get to it, so time is critical.”
Ronin said that the ship is a standard remote-piloted Solrain tow with 500u of cargo. He indicated that if the cargo was not intact, TRI Corp will pay a reward equal to 10% of the value of the remaining cargo. If the ship is empty, it will pay 250,000 credits.
(Solrain Core) TRI-SEC today released a statement from Commandant Solder Ronin on the recent apprehension of a Prosthetics smuggler:
On 118.3.23, a TRI Security officer on regular patrol stopped an scanned a pilot in Zealot’s Refuge. The pilot, Garrod Kelton, was found to be carrying 30 units of Prosthetics. He was immediately detained and his ship impounded.
During questioning, Mr. Kelton indicated that he had been contracted anonymously to move the Prosthetics from Klatsches Hold to Lothars Landing in exchange for for 11 units of platinum (about 500,000 credits). He claims to have picked up the cargo from a storage container on Klatches Hold and did not know who would be receiving the contraband at Lothars. He did indicated that when initially contracted, he was told that the significant proceeds of the transaction would be used to help fund the Rismore campaign in Hyperial, but we have been unable to ascertain any concrete ties to Mr. Rismore or anyone else in his campaign organization.
Mr. Kelton is a citizen of Solrain and is being turned over to the STCC for appropriate prosecution. If we receive any other pertinent details that can be released under Solrain law, we will make them public.
We will continue out vigilant patrols in an attempt to disrupt all Prosthetics trade and request the cooperation of all law-abiding pilots.
(Solrain Wake Station) A smuggler flying a Phaeton was apprehended yesterday in Bronci Rift by TRI Security for allegedly having Prosthetics in-hold, a commodity that has been outlawed for many years. The pilot’s name has not been release pilot pending an official arraignment.
There has, as yet, been no speculation regarding the smuggler’s planned destination or destinations.
After years of lobbying and protests — primarily by Quantar — Prosthetics exports from Hyperial were outlawed by TRI after evidence was unearthed that the Prosthetics included organic tissue of questionable origin. Hyperial was thought to have stopped all Prosthetics production in 107.
(Hyperial) Hyperial authorities reported that the small supply of rare Antiflux ECMs they had provided at Hyperial Station were taken on 117.11.1. The news triggered a pricing panic with very few Antiflux left. Prices were nearing 500,000 credits by the end of the day.
TRI-SEC indicated that they had an idea who had purchased the Antiflux, and that they planned on questioning the pilot. “We have the purchase data from Hyperial and are going to be talking to the pilot — primarily for his own safety,” said TRI officer Layton ‘Scorch’ Morrison.” Technically, nothing illegal has happened since the Antiflux were purchased at the market price. But pilots tend to react rather emotionally when it comes to hoarding of rare goods. This guy needs to understand what he’s setting himself up for.”