Sheriff's deputies burst into a rec-ord shop Friday moments after an undercover detective bought 2 Live Crew recordings to make the first arrest since a federal judge declared the group's album obscene.
E-C Records owner Charles Freeman had defiantly ordered a shipment of 25 copies of "As Nasty As They Wanna Be" and was doing a brisk business when an undercover officer bought the double-album and a cassette for $8.49 each.Before the detective reached the door, six deputies rushed in, handcuffing Freeman and arresting him on misdemeanor charges of distributing obscene material. If convicted, he could be sentenced to a year in jail and fined $1,000.
"America is free, free for everybody," Freeman said before authorities took him to the Broward County Jail, where he was booked and posted $100 bond.
The arrest came two days after U.S. District Judge Jose Gonzalez found that the sexually explicit recording was without social value, appealed only to prurient interests and violated community standards in Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties.