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Just an FYI. All of this info I'm about to give you is public knowledge (as we post all warrants down here on a public portal, so I'm not tipping folks off or anything)

We (State/county police agency HQ) were given notification of 11 state search warrants for suspicion of violating the Clean Air Act by operating or modifying vehicle emissions systems. 8 of the warrants are for private vehicle owners, 3 are for for rather well-established auto shops in my county. These folks can expect to be forced to have their vehicles impounded and/or inspected to verify the status of the emissions systems. In Florida, it's a 2nd degree misdemeanor crime and $5,000 per catalytic converter removed for owners, and up to $25,000 per vehicle modified by service providers.

It seems like environmental protection agents have been reviewing social media to locate prominent content posters and the shops who did their work as they are specifically targeting individuals with popular social media pages who have modified their vehicles to have the cats removed. We all knew this day was coming, but it seems like today is the day, at least down here in Tallahassee, FL.

And no, this is not an April Fool's joke.
 

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On another forum, there are reports from Iowa and Michigan that agents have come to inspect their cars today as well. I won't know for a few weeks, but this may be the result of a Federal EPA investigation driving the increase in activity. So, just be advised. If I get any more info, I'll pass it along as it becomes public.
 

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Doesn’t necessarily surprise me that more enforcement is happening as everyone and their mother on YouTube post about cat delete kits, installs and generally driving those same cars like ass hats. I am surprised this is from Florida though
 
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Well, Florida is very lenient. We don't have noise ordinances at the state level between 7am and 10pm. You can play the stereo as loud as you want, and run uncapped headers on a 70 Chevelle 454 if that's your thing. But, Florida is also pretty strict on its emissions laws... that being we really only have the one that says, "You can't tamper with your emissions devices or get fined." We aren't like Cali or NY where you have to get emissions tests. But, if a person is suspected of having tampered with their emissions devices (see: catalytic converters), Florida has some pretty steep fines. Up until recently, I've only really seen violations as part of a traffic stop for something else. Usually, a police officer adds a mandatory inspection for someone who's obviously modified, but is doing something like running their mouth, got caught street racing, or some such. This is why I think this is more a Federally driven issue.
 
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