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SACRAMENTO, Ca - Federal Agents Serve Warrants In Illegal Weapons Case
OFF THE WIRE kcra.com California Highway Patrol Officer Considered Witness..
Federal agents issued search warrants and expect to file weapons charges against law enforcement officers from several Sacramento-area agencies, authorities said Friday. The probe focuses on peace officers selling weapons that most civilians cannot legally buy and sell, Sacramento County Sheriff's Department spokesman Deputy Jason Ramos said. He said he did not know the types of weapons involved. "There's an ongoing federal investigation into Sacramento-area law enforcement, some of whom are with the Sheriff's Department," Ramos said. "We weren't the only ones. Roseville’s police chief also confirmed to KCRA on Friday that an officer in his department is being investigated in connection with a federal probe into the sale of illegal weapons. The Sacramento Police Department confirmed that one of its employees is being investigated. California Highway Patrol spokeswoman Fran Clader said a CHP officer is considered a witness in the investigation, but not a suspect. From The Field: Comparing Firearms After Roseville Officer Allegations Roseville Police Chief Daniel Hahn said the officer has been placed on administrative leave and that the department was contacted by ATF last week. The name of the officer was not released. Helen Dunkel, a spokeswoman with the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, says her agency served search warrants Thursday in cooperation with the Sacramento police and sheriff's departments. She said she expects indictments in "the near future." KCRA first received a tip that three Rio Cosumnes Correctional Center officials are under investigation. ATF would not confirm the agencies involved or the number of individuals being investigated, but a representative said this goes beyond RCCC. Lauren Horwood, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Attorney's Office in Sacramento, says she was aware of the investigation but could not comment. Ramos said sheriff's deputies helped federal agents serve warrants at several locations involving employees from other departments. Sacramento County Sheriff Scott Jones confirmed that several deputies are on administrative leave as targets of the investigation but would not say how many nor were they worked in his department, citing the ongoing investigation and personnel privacy rules. "I can say that I have been aware of the investigation since the very early stages, and ATF has kept me fully apprised throughout," he said in an email to The Associated Press.