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LA man allegedly made 18,000 crank 911 calls

February 26, 2011 12:00:00 AM PST
An East Los Angeles man is accused of making more than 18,000 crank calls to 911 over the course of six months.

California Highway Patrol officers arrested 43-year-old Maurice Cruz and booked him for misusing the 911 emergency line.

Authorities said Cruz used non-initialized cellular phones, making the calls difficult to trace. A non-initialized cellular phone is one that does not have a service plan.

The CHP, with the help from the U.S. Secret Service, eventually tracked Cruz to his home, where they found numerous cellular phones and chargers.

Cruz was booked and held on $5,000 bail.