Sac Valley Task Force
Seizes Counterfeit Goods

A recent investigation into the trafficking of large quantities of counterfeit digital media throughout Central and Northern California cond...

A recent investigation into the trafficking of large quantities of counterfeit digital media throughout Central and Northern California conducted by the Sacramento Valley Hi-Tech Crimes Task Force led to a take down operation at a warehouse in San Jose, California.

The Hi-Tech Crimes Task force worked in conjunction with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Immigration & Customs Enforcement (ICE) and anti-piracy investigators from the Recording Industry Association of America and the Motion Picture Association of America and recovered over $2,000,000 worth of counterfeit goods (see photos below).

Investigators served a federal search warrant which led to the seizure of more than 200,000 counterfeit compact discs (CDs) and digital video discs (DVDs) and a somewhat sophisticated manufacturing operation. Among the DVDs were movies which are currently and solely in theatrical release and not yet available on DVD such as “Megamind”, “Due Date” and “Saw 3D”. These movies are typically referred to as “Bootleg” copies and are obtained by video taping the film from within a theater.

The investigation began in Galt, CA in early August and eventually led detectives to two (2) residences and a storage facility in Sacramento and two (2) residences in Modesto. Six (6) arrests were made during the course of the investigation for charges related to trafficking counterfeit goods, possession and use of counterfeit identification, identity theft and the use of fraudulent documents to conceal true citizenship. The investigation is ongoing; additional suspects have been identified and other arrest warrants are forthcoming. Thus far in this case, more than 350,000 counterfeit items, three (3) manufacturing operations and numerous counterfeit documents and identifications have been seized.

Those arrested were: 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 posted a $10,000 bond and was released from custody. United States immigration holds have been placed on the remaining suspects; therefore, they are ineligible for bail.

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