SACRAMENTO—Four people were arrested, and 14 computers seized during a state-wide operation to find suspected traders and possessors of child pornography.
Operation "Gigabite" involved 20 law enforcement agencies from Los Angeles, north to Redding; about 150 officers participated.
FBI Cyber Crimes Task Force. The following cities had homes searched: Ceres, Redding, Susanville, Fresno, Bakersfield, Davis, Lincoln, Carmichael, Sacramento, Tracy, Elk Grove, Stockton and Cypress.
"Gigabite" was chosen rather than "gigabyte" to mark law enforcement's efforts to take a "bite" out of the child pornography industry.
In addition to the 14 computers, other items like hard drives, zip drives, cell phones and cameras were taken during the searches. More arrests are likely once these items are reviewed by investigators.
The participating agencies were:
Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department – ICAC Task Force
Sacramento Police Department
California Highway Patrol
El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office
California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation
California Department of Justice
United States Attorney’s Office
Tracy Police Department
San Joaquin County Sheriff’s Department
Stockton Police Department
Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Department
Elk Grove Police Department
Fresno Police Department
Fresno County Sheriff’s Office
Redding Police Department
ICE – Bakersfield
Bakersfield Police Department
Kern County Sheriff’s Office
Kern County Probation Department
Arvin Police Department