OPERATION “RICKY BOBBY”

Deputy from The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s COPS Bureau orchestrated a major operation targeting vendors at a Speedway selling counterfeit goods. The operation was dubbed Operation “Ricky Bobby” and targeted vendors involved in the distribution of counterfeit goods from the swap meet that is held at the Speedway every Sunday. The Deputy oversaw a two month investigation that involved undercover investigators making undercover buys from the vendors and obtaining statements from the vendors proving that the vendors were knowingly involved in the sales of counterfeit goods.

On the date of the action, several Deputies from The COPS Bureau assisted in the action. Deputies were able to make eight felony arrests and seize over $300,000.00 worth of counterfeit goods. One of the vendors arrested, provided detailed information on a major supplier of counterfeit goods. The operation sent a strong message to the management of the swap meet that they need to take proactive steps to stop the sales of counterfeit goods at the speedway. The COPS Bureau is continuing their aggressive program targeting swap meets in Los Angeles County where counterfeit goods are sold. Their efforts have caused a 70% decrease in the sales of counterfeit goods at swap meets in their areas.

By Kris Buckner, Investigative Consultants

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