SACRAMENTO (CBS13) – Six local residents have been arrested for their alleged participation in a $2 million counterfeit media ring.
An investigation by the Sacramento Valley Hi-Tech Crimes Task Force, in connection with other local and federal agencies, uncovered the large DVD and CD counterfeiting operation being carried out at a warehouse in San Jose, according to the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Dept.
Authorities raided the building in San Jose where they discovered more than 200,000 discs including bootlegged versions of movies currently only available in theaters such as “Megamind”, “Due Date”, and “Saw 3D”.
The investigation began in Galt in August, and eventually led authorities to a storage facility in Sacramento and two others in Modesto.
In all, six suspects have been arrested on various charges including trafficking of counterfeit goods, possession and use of counterfeit identification, identity theft and use of fraudulent documents to conceal true citizenship. Those arrested are: Abel Zaragoza, 44, of Sacramento, Victor Quiroz, 22, of Modesto, Eleazar Gomez, 27, of Sacramento, Carlos Tejada , 31, of Sacramento, Aldo Alamilla, 21, of Sacramento, and Luis Puntos, 22, of Merced. Zaragoza was released on $10,000 bail.
Due to immigration holds placed on the remaining suspects, they are ineligible for bail.