West Valley police, working with representatives from the motion picture and recording industries, arrested five people over the weekend they say were selling counterfeit movies and CDs at the Redwood Drive-In Theater.
Following a three-month investigation, police served five search warrants simultaneously Sunday, resulting in the arrests of five people and the seizure of about 9,000 counterfeit CDs and 800 counterfeit DVDs, including about 50 porn videos, said West Valley Police Capt. Tom McLachlan. The total estimated value of the fake items was about $140,000.
The group was selling the phony movies and CDs at the weekly swap meet at the drive-in theater, 3688 S. Redwood Road, McLachlan said. Four different vendors were selling the items, he said.
During the investigation, undercover officers would buy copies of the movies or CDs and have industry representatives watch with them to determine if they were phony.
Each person arrested was booked into jail for investigation of possessing and selling forged items, all second-degree felonies.McLachlan did not have information Tuesday on where the group was getting the false items. He said the owners of the drive-in were not aware of what was happening and fully cooperated with police once they were made aware of the problem.