Law Enforcement Raid Flea Market
POSTED: Wednesday, November 19, 2008 - 7:49pm
UPDATED: Thursday, February 25, 2010 - 12:32pm
Over a million dollars worth of pirated music and DVD's are confiscated at one Valley flea market by seven different law enforcement agencies.
The Val Verde Flea Market in Alamo was raided by the Hidalgo County Sheriff Department, along with state and federal officials.
More than 120 sheriff deputies along with several other agencies arrested 37 people for having pirated Cd's and and DVD's.
In total, there were over 100,000 pirated DVD's and Cd's seized.
This is all the part of Operation Black Beard.
The Sheriff's Department had the flea market under surveillance for past two weeks.
Ray Covey lives right next to the flea market and said it was quite the scene this morning.
Covey was in his motor home when they raided.
Business 83 was closed during the raid and opened shortly after.
The 37 people arrested have been taken to the Hidalgo County Sheriff's Department.
If an individual is found guilty of pirating more than 65 DVD's or Cd's then they could face a fine of 250-thousand dollars and five years in prison.